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US1173017A
US1173017A US4797215A US4797215A US1173017A US 1173017 A US1173017 A US 1173017A US 4797215 A US4797215 A US 4797215A US 4797215 A US4797215 A US 4797215A US 1173017 A US1173017 A US 1173017A
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l A. MORRIS. f
STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.
APPLICATION man Aue. so, 1915.Y
, 1,173,017. A Patented Feb. 22,1916.
\ n ISI-- i I I N I l l DO '00 n .j Y IH! l NQ I Y EZVZW n A.IVIorris THE COLUMBIA PLANoGi'uIPx-l C0.. WASHINGTON. D. c.
y STRINGED'MUSICL INSTRUMENT.
T all whom t mag/concern.'
Be it `known that I, ABRAHAM MORRIS, a
y citizenof the United States of America, a
l The object of the invention is to produceV a musicalinstruinent of this kind having its elements so arranged that the volume of sound of the instrument is very greatly increased, and in practice I have found that the sound of a violin constructed in accord-y ance with' the invention, is approximately equal to the sound of two ordinary violins. Obviously, thisv is a great advantage in a violin intended to be played in large music halls, and also in bands where two or more violins have been employed to produce the desired tone. I
Figure I is a plan View of a violin constructed in accordance with my invention. Fig. II is a transverse section on line II-II,
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To illustrate the preferred form of the i invention I have shown a violin provided with a hollow body A,'a neck 1 extending from said hollow body, a tail piece 2 se# cured to the body, and the usual strings extending from the tail piece, over a bridge 3, n
and secured at their outer ends to the usual pins 4.
The hollow body comprises a lbelly 5, a
back 6 the area of which is greater'than the c area of the belly, the marginal portion of the back being extended beyond the marginal portion of 4the belly, and side walls 7 which slope outwardly from the marginal edge of the belly 5 to the marginal edge of the back 6.
By extending'the marginal portion of the back of a violin as herein shown, the area n 'Specification of Letters Patent. i Patented Feb, 22, 1916, Application led August 30', 1915. Serial No. 47,972. i
vof they back will be increased, and the acoustical qualities will be changed very materially, the tone being much louder and yclearer. For example, the tone of a Violin having a belly corresponding to the dimensions of the belly of a three-quarter violin and a back corresponding to the back of a full size violin, will bek approximately equal to the tone of a full size violin. Although the desired loud and clear tone may be obtained by making a belly conforming 7 approximately to one of the well known standards and a back conforming to the v next larger standard, it is not necessary to follow this particular method in makingthe new instrument. kIn other words, it is not necessary for the back or belly to conform toany particular standard.
While it is diiiicult tomake an exact comparison between the ordinary instruments and one constructed as herein shown and described, I have found by actual tests that' the foregoing comparison is approximately correct. It will, therefore, be apparent that' the new instrument vis lighter, easier to handle and less expensive than an ordinary instrument possessing equal musical qualities.
, Another vadvantage'of thenew bodyis that it may be tted to the chin and neck .of the player without the use of a chin rest,
the sloping side wall vbeing so formed that the corner at the junction of the belly and said side wall may be comfortably positioned under the chin of the player.
body is preferably provided with the usual sound post 10 and base bar 11, the sound post being. arranged between and fitted to the belly 5 and back 6. f y y I claim A l. In a stringed musical instrument, al hollow body having a belly, a back of larger area than said belly, and side walls uniting y said back and belly.
2. A stringed musical instrument comrIhe hollow f prising a hollow body having a belly, Va`
back of larger area than said belly, the` `marginal portions of said back being eX- tended beyond the marginal edge of saidy belly, and side walls sloping outwardlyy from j l the marginal edge of said belly to the inar- 2 'e n Y f 1,173,017
ginal edge of said back, `and strings and mately to the shape of said belly member, 10 string vholders secured to saidv belly. said back memberebeing larger in area 'than f 3. ,A stringed musical instrument of the the belly* member, and side walls sloping v character describedy cmprisingebelly mem outwardly from the outer edge of seid belly 5 berQa-neckextending from said-belly. mem- 4memberto vthe Outerk edge 0l?k said kback ber, strings secured over said neck and belly member. member, a backmembel cnforming approxf 'ABRAHAM MORRIS.k e
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Cited By (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4354416A (en) * 1981-10-19 1982-10-19 Carl Strait Violin bridge for a stringed instrument
US4838140A (en) * 1987-12-24 1989-06-13 Henry Meissner Violin
DE19652452A1 (en) * 1996-12-17 1998-06-18 Martin Schleske Stringed instrument, e.g. violin, viola or cello
DE102004007613B3 (en) * 2004-02-17 2005-11-17 Stegmüller, Wolfgang Timbre improvement system for string instrument of violin, viola, cello and double base family involves outward-sloping side walls so that front plate is larger than back

Cited By (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4354416A (en) * 1981-10-19 1982-10-19 Carl Strait Violin bridge for a stringed instrument
US4838140A (en) * 1987-12-24 1989-06-13 Henry Meissner Violin
DE19652452A1 (en) * 1996-12-17 1998-06-18 Martin Schleske Stringed instrument, e.g. violin, viola or cello
DE102004007613B3 (en) * 2004-02-17 2005-11-17 Stegmüller, Wolfgang Timbre improvement system for string instrument of violin, viola, cello and double base family involves outward-sloping side walls so that front plate is larger than back

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