[Dixielandjazz] Phono Fiddle Violin

John B ryce brycejo at comcast.net
Thu Jun 30 16:34:12 PDT 2005

My father had a cello version of the phono-fiddle.  He actually called thew
instrument a phonofiddle, but I can see now that it was mor of a
phbonocello.  But it only had one string!  The horn was attached down at the
bottom near the players feet.  It also had frets!  A strange sounding

J. D. Bryce

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "Hal Geller" <jazzmanhal at hotmail.com>; "DJML"
<dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Phono Fiddle Violin

> Hi Hal:
> Thanks for the info. One can see a picture of this instrument, (cross
> between a violin and a gramophone) plus some information about it at:
> http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~mbgsk/instruments.html
> Scroll down till you get to it. (near the bottom). Truly wondrous and
> testament to the fact that "necessity is the mother of invention."
> Copied this to DJML posting address  <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> Cheers,
> Steve
> on 6/30/05 6:31 AM, Hal Geller at jazzmanhal at hotmail.com wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> Thought you might be interested in the name of the instrument the
> was playing with Vince Giordano.
> The violinist was playing a Stroh or phono fiddle violin. It was used in
> early days of recording [before they had microphones in the studios]. If
> search it on Google there will prob. be a few pieces written about it !
> By the way would you please send me the address to send posts to the DJML.
> must have had the wrong address when I sent in my question because I
> get any responses. I got my answer directly from Vince.
> Thanks
> Hal Geller
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