złóbcoki (fiddle)

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Zbigniew Wałach, złóbcoki, Rafał Bałaś, złóbcoki; rec. Agata Mierzejewska, Żelazowa Wola 2014; NIFC
Local name: złóbcoki (carved fiddle)
Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
Maker: Unknown
Date: 1705 (?)
Region: Carpathian area (Podhale)
Country: Poland
Owner: Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Szydłowiec
Inventory number: MS/303
Description: back plate, ribs, pegbox, scroll and endpin carved from one piece; octagonal body; spindle-shaped top plate; flat fingerboard; four (originaly probably three) strings
Measurements: 580 x 117 x 55 mm
Materials: wood, catgut
Inscriptions: on the back of pegbox engraved: 1705
Sound compass, tuning: in 5th, g – d' – a' – e''
Performance practice: an instrument with a limited sound power, used in the Podhale region before the violin became popular there; nowadays used in the folk revival
Catalog card by: MLIM / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

Sabała Melody; Jan Stoch (b. 1931, Ząb), złóbcoki; rec. Ząb 1976; Sources of Polish Folk Music

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