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Svenska fioler med resonanssträngar


Photo: Jon Magnusson

This violin is kept at the Swedish museum of performing arts (formerly known as the Stockholm music museum). The official name of the instrument is F351 where the letter F indicates that it has belonged to the so called Fryklund collection. Daniel Fryklund was an instrument collector in Helsingborg and 1966, when he passed away, his collection was donated to the museum. In an essay about viola d'amore Fryklund writes a part about the double-deckers and that he has one himself with a label "L R" inside. I doubt Fryklund had other double-deckers than this so I assume the label is there even though I haven't seen it myself. Since the official name of this instrument is not so colourful I call it Munken ("the Monk") while the head looks like a monk (or possibly a nun). The design of the head has an unknonwn origin and it is hard to guess where the inspiriation came from. The same luthier might also have built "Lumiere" and "Långalmafiolen"

The fingerboard is glued to the neck. It might have been removable but the edges of the milled track in the neck has a shape which not seems to be made for a removable fingerboard. The bridge is a standard bridge which definitely is not of the same age as the violin and it is badly adjusted for sympathetic strings. The neck is rather heavy and the handicraft is not of perfect quality. The purfling is quite ok and the violin body is of ok quality. The body and the neck might have been made by different luthiers but there are no indication that the neck has been changed.


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson


Photo: Jon Magnusson

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NameMunken
TypeDouble-decker
Luthier
Year1770-1790
Origin
Found inScenkonstmuseet, Stockholm
Playing strings4
Sympathetic strings8
External linkExternal link
Total length624 mm
Scale length306 mm
Length of corpus356 mm
Height
Rib height28,5 mm
Other instruments with the same number of sympathetic stringsTuppenHjelmenKarlhamnsfiolenElvisBulanMohteGöteborgsfiolenEdvinSödlingNorbergsfiolenHammerMohte 2JamtlifiolenNils Nilsson
Other instruments with a human headHjelmenLumiereTenorviolinen M132MetropolLångalmaKrokekenMeyergamban

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