Aquila 4-string violin

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Front view of a violin showing the narrow shaped body. Side view of a violin showing the slim body. Side view of a violin showing the bow. Side view of a violin showing the slim body. Close view of a violin showing the head and tuning pegs. Close view of a violin showing the bridge and strings. Close view of a violin showing the chin rest. Close view of a violin showing the control dials. Rear view of a violin showing the back. Close view of a violin showing the cable plug socket and battery. Close view of a violin showing the rear of the head. Side view of a violin showing the bow. Side view of a violin showing the bow. Close view of a violin showing the hair. Close view of a violin showing the hair. Side view of a violin showing the case. Side view of a violin showing the case. Side view of a violin showing the case.

Description

This four-string electric instrument was made in the UK by Bridge Violins in 2017. It has a hollow body made from Kevlar and carbon fibre composite giving it a high strength to weight ratio. Designed to provide an easy transition from an acoustic violin to an electric instrument, the resonant hollow body generates a responsive sound more like a traditionally constructed instrument. Its hollow body design allows for low volume practice without the need for headphones or amplifiers, unlike the solid body of other electric instruments. The composite material is highly stable across the temperature and humidity range. This instrument combines modern composite materials with strategic use of wood for parts such as the bridge, neck, endpin and pegs. The violin has Pirastro Tonica strings which have a nylon core. This example is complete with a Sound Choice bow using alternative materials to those traditionally used, and a protective case.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Inscriptions

printed: "B" (neck)

Object number

AIBDC : 008040

Date

2017 (circa)

Country

Method

Material

plastic
Kevlar - trade name composite body
poly p-phenylene terephthalamide
carbon fibre composite composite body
fibre-reinforced plastic
FRP
PA strings
polyamide
nylon
wood bridge, shield, peg box and neck caraved from a single maple block, pegs and endpin from ebony
metal tailpiece made from a lightweight metal alloy
Dimensions
Width
200mm
Depth
380mm
Length
590mm

Colour