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The octobass is an extremely large bowed string instrument constructed about 1850 in Paris by the French luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875). It has four strings and is essentially a larger version of the double bass. The instrument was, in fact, so large that it took two musicians to play: one to bow and the other to control the "fingering", and was consequently never produced on a large scale or used much by composers.

Venetian Violone / Double Bass circa 1650

I'd love to be able to saw on a fiddle in a blue grass band.

Play fiddle play,all day long I hear you screaming at me, way far away in the yard. I wrote this song with a vamp in the middle, and I knew when I wrote it it was written for the fiddle. - Johnny Hartford ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Uncle Pen played the fiddle, lordy how it would ring! You could hear it talk. you could hear it sing - Bill Monroe

interesting splashes of colour evoke potential sounds and bring life to the image for me

Astonishing photograph by Bjoern Ewers from the campaign for the Chamber Orchestra of the Berliner Philharmoniker

love at first sight . . ... . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .by camil tulcan, via Flickr

love listening to my kids play cello and viola in their school orchestras or solo