Listening to the Fiddle and the Story

003-vibrating-a-fiddleListen to fiddle–and the story of one female who listened to her fiddles and then invented a new family of violins–the violin octet, a new family of eight violins across the tonal range of a piano. Carleen Hutchins–a 20th century American female luthier–took an old idea that had been envisioned by composers, musicians, and luthiers before her–and made it possible by applying science to violinmaking. ¬†Listen to her story on NPR Radio Program Science Friday with Ira Flatow. ¬†Click on


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