Who Built My Fiddle? The Mysterious Origin of a Violin from Missouri

Rebecca Raney
Mar 17 · 8 min read

After I left Missouri and came to California, I never saw a violin that looked quite like mine.

Its orange-tinted varnish, its simple black pegs, and the double black lines tracing the edge — those things were nothing like the features of the dark European instruments that my friends in California played.