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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Show us your ... violin collection

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Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it's Peter Seman's VIOLIN COLLECTION. Got something to show us?

Since its perfection 300 years ago by members of the Stradivari family, the violin hasn't evolved much in terms of design. Peter Seman, who describes himself as "president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer" of Skokie-based Seman Violins, guesses that's what leads people to tinker with the instrument's build in ways that aren't necessarily intuitive: "All of these people have been doing weird experiments to make the violin better."

And Seman, a 1988 graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making, has been collecting those experiments. Out of the couple dozen that he's amassed, he says he's got a metal violin, an aluminum violin, a cigar-box violin—even a hollowed-out baseball bat violin.

Have any of these modifications made the violin better? No, he says. "They all sound bad."

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