musical instruments

Skull Violins

For the violinist with a metal side, these skull shaped electric violins are unquestionably a must have musical instrument. These superbly crafted electric violins don’t just look bold, but they are sound amazing with a Barbera Twin Hybrid bridge that provides a rich and full tone.


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Not just any viola. This here’s Beethoven’s viola. The instrument was built by Sebastian Dalinger in or around 1780; Beethoven did not own it outright but held it on loan from his employer, the Bonn Hofkapelle. After he left the organization the viola was played by a series of other musicians throughout the 19th century, particularly Ferdinand Ries. Like any hard-working instrument, it was overhauled a number of times before finding its way to the Beethoven-Haus Museum.

Bass Clarinet in C, ca. 1820
Nicola Papalini (Chiaravalle, Italy, act. 1800–1825)

- Materials: Body: Pearwood • Mouthpiece: Rosewood • Keys: Brass • Rings: Horn
- Length: 68 cm
- Other Notes: Consists of five parts: mouthpiece, crook, barrel, body, and bell. The body is carved from two separate slabs to form of the bore of serpentine shape; the halves are glued together and fastened by iron pins. Nine front fingerholes, two thumbholes, and one venthole in bell. Five square keys - e, f#, g#, a’, and speaker. The mouthpiece is dated later.

Source: Boston-MFA


Grand piano, ca. 1840
Érard & Co. (case by George H. Blake), London

- Materials: woods (case is satinwood), metals, various
- Keys: 80
- Other Notes: This piano features Érard’s patented double-escapement action - the most advanced at the time and what is still used in modern grand pianos. The richly marquetried Louis XV–style case was commissioned by Lord Foley II, baron of Kidder.

Source: NY-MetMA