United States Patent 3853032

A violin, either constructed by modifying a regulation baseball bat or by using new wood resulting in a bat-shaped configuration, is light in weight easier to play making it ideal for beginners and adapts well to a violin pick up and outside acoustics.

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Other Classes:
84/173, 84/291, 984/103, D17/17
International Classes:
G10D1/02; (IPC1-7): G10D1/02
Field of Search:
84/173,274,275,290,291 D56
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US Patent References:
1881229Musical instrument and method of manufacturing the same1932-10-04Young
1841398Practice violin1932-01-19Bergh

Primary Examiner:
Franklin, Lawrence R.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Taggs, Rick
What I now claim is

1. A violin comprising:

2. A violin as in claim 1 wherein an acoustical pickup is located under said strings adjacent said bridge.

3. A violin as in claim 1 further comprising a chin rest and bottom support attached to one side of said enlarged end.

4. A violin as in claim 3 further comprising a scroll attached to said smaller end.

5. A violin as in claim 1 wherein said body is made from a real baseball bat.

6. A violin as in claim 1 wherein said body is made of plastic material.

7. A violin as in claim 1 wherein said body is a simulated baseball bat.

This invention relates musical instruments and more particularly to novel constructions for stringed instruments such as violins or the like.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a construction of a violin from a regulation baseball bat or from new material resulting in an instrument similar in appearance and function to a modified bat. A portion of the bat body is cut away length-wise and the exposed internal wood is removed leaving a thin shell on both sides. A sound bar and a sound boast are fitted internally and the bat body is resealed. A chin rest, a chin rest bottom support, a scroll, a finger board, a finger board wedge support, a bridge and strings are added. Near the handle end, wood is removed to provide a space for four pegs. Finally, a violin pick up for outside acoustics is mounted behind the bridge.

Another object is to provide a violin that produces little sound making it suitable for the beginners for whom violin practice with a standard instrument can be disturbing to persons outside the immediate practice area.

A further object is to provide a violin that is light in weight and small in size making in portable.

A still further object is to provide a violin that yields a pleasant tone, particularly when connected in to an amplifier.

A yet further object is to provide a violin that is attractive in appearance, stimulating a youngster, yet uncomplicated for low-cost mass production.

These and other objects will become evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a front view;

FIG. 2 is an exploded side view thereof.

Referring to the Figures, the violin 10 comprises a bat body 11, a finger board 12, a finger board support wedge 13, a bridge 14, a chin rest 15, a chin rest bottom support 16, a sound bar 17, a sound post 18, a scroll 19, a set of strings 20, a set of pegs 21 and an acoustic pick up 22.

Body 11 is cut a suitable distance along its length exposing surfaces 11a and 11b. Wood is removed at surface 11a to provide a sound board 23. Similarly wood is removed at the surface 11b, leaving a hollow sound chamber 24. Sound bar 17 and sound post 18 are fitted and glued against sound board 23. The violin body is then resealed by gluing at the edge surfaces 11a and 11b and also at the end surface 11c. A chamber 11d is cut out in the neck of the bat and holes drilled through the opposite walls for passage therethrough of string-winding pegs 21. Finger board wedge 13 is put in place to set finger board at the proper distance below strings 20 which have been positioned by the placement of bridge 14. Chin rest 15 and bottom support 16 are glued into position as shown. Scroll 19, is glued close to bat handle 11e. Preferably, scroll 19 is further strengthed by adding a peg 19a.

The violin thus completed, is ready for play, and preferably for practice, in a small area. However, since a pleasant tone is created, and enjoyable loud sound may be obtained by mounting acoustic pick up 22 and connecting to an out side amplifier.