The Harp Violins of Chris Knutsen 

by Gregg Miner, as part of

This is an intriguing category! As we know how Ernest Livermore pulled a fast one on Knutsen in 1896, quickly patenting a mandolin and violin with Knutsen's hollow arm concept, it's not surprising that Knutsen never explored the concept. Nevertheless, two astounding instruments have already turned up - the Anderson-built instrument (in 2002) and an unknown instrument (in 2006). Without additional provenance, neither can be specifically considered a true Knutsen instrument, though I suspect Anderson's was a joint venture. The other may have been an early Anderson project, a later Knutsen experiment, or neither. 

   Harp Violins (or One-Armed Violins)


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