Interesting video about some Estonian folk instruments. Around 15 and 20 and 24 min the luthier shows bladder instrument. Filmed in 1988 http://arhiiv.err.ee/guid/201005070337087010010002081001517C41A0400...

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Comment by Uncle John yesterday

I would be afraid of losing control.

Comment by Tom E on Monday

I believe that in several places in europe such instruments were built. I found one more video-in descriptions they also mention the bladder violin history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMrumB7xMWE

Comment by Tom E on Monday

yep,pigs bladder. very first instruments were probably without fingerboard. therfore melodies could not been played-instrument was for accompaniment.

later fingerboards were added. The luthier told that there were 1-4 string versions, but he thinks 1 string is most rational as it is not easy to keep several strings in tune on bladder :)

Comment by Erasmo Coco on Sunday

Who the heck would ever come up with the idea to build one of those . I saw what looked like a carved pigs head on the head . I'm assuming pigs bladder ?  Thanks for the share.

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