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 Paul Craig on July 21, 2017 at 5:27am

All kidding aside, it's interesting to see someones creativity to make something useful out of what's leftover and usually gets thrown out.

Comment by Paul Craig on July 21, 2017 at 5:25am

And the Whoopie Cushion was born!  Or maybe this is that little pink guy that leads that woman around in those TV Commercials.

Comment by Uncle John on July 19, 2017 at 8:46am

I would be afraid of losing control.

Comment by Tom E on July 17, 2017 at 4:47am

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 July 17, 2017 at 4:40am

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 July 16, 2017 at 1:12pm

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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