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Legendary Hole in violin backs


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I think the author is referring to the holes found sometimes in (indeed) old cellos and small double basses which were used in church processions. The hole(s) were intended to fix a thread to hold the I instrument around the neck of the player while walking to have both hands free for playing. However the author is wrong in saying that you find this feature on violins (violas). 

The nut (or button) on the back is the protruding part where the neck rests on.

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39 minutes ago, Andreas Preuss said:

I think the author is referring to the holes found sometimes in (indeed) old cellos and small double basses which were used in church processions. The hole(s) were intended to fix a thread to hold the I instrument around the neck of the player while walking to have both hands free for playing. However the author is wrong in saying that you find this feature on violins (violas). 

The nut (or button) on the back is the protruding part where the neck rests on.

I did actually have a violin once that did have this plugged hole on the back and was told that it was likely for some kind of marching procession function. I don't have a picture unfortunately but perhaps some violins did have this for whatever reason.

 

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Bear in mind, a lot of old books were written by men, whose only qualification was being Victorian, and having gone to the right sort of schools.

Consequently, what is written in them, is a wide range between strongly held personal opinions based on nothing, utter nonsense, and vaguely correct concepts.

To be fair to them, back in the day, there wasn't a huge amount of reference material available. What we have now, and for free, would be beyond their wildest dreams.

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