Thank you for your interest in my "wipLstix!" wipLstix is a very handy travel violin invented and made by me in my shop in the southern Appalachians. The length between its bridge and nut is that of a standard violin, but the body has been minimized to maximize portability. wipLstix is a self contained unit, complete with its 1/8th size bow and inflatable chinrest, all fitting inside a 2" diameter by 24" long watertight traveling tube! The case will also nicely accommodate the chunk of round rosin of your choice.
WipLstix is a great practice violin! When I am asked how they sound, I simply say that they have an "intimate sound". Which is great if you don't want to disturb a roommate or neighbor while you're practicing. This could potentially save thousands of relationships! I highly recommend the "Who's using it" link for testimonies and the gallery.
With its short bow, it's perfect for playing in the car on those long road trips, and with its compact size and sturdy construction, it makes an unobtrusive traveling companion in both the woods as well as the urban jungle. What I like most of all is that it takes up such a small space; I just leave it laying around the kitchen table or my work station, and when I feel like playing a tune, it's right there ready to go! It's also great for those parents trying to foster that Paganini in their child -- because those first songs don't cut quite so deep with wipLstix's "intimate" sound.
Construction of the wipLstix is what makes it unique. There is no neck joint as the body and neck are made of one single piece of wood making it very durable (I juggle mine, though this is not recommended, and not covered in the warranty). The body is hollowed out to maximize sound and the top is made of quarter sawn spruce or cedar. The fingerboard is made of hickory, the tailpiece of maple and the nut and saddle from desert ironwood from the Whipple mountains (believe it or not) near Lake Havasu, Arizona. It is important to me not to use any tropical rainforest woods in my products.The tuners are modified zither pins with a slot cut in the top to accommodate a penny. That's right, you tune the fiddle with a penny. (This could present a problem for the 'penniless musician,' but if that's the case, then I reckon they ought to be doing something other than fiddling around.) You can also use a Swiss Army knife or any other convenient item.
The case is a 2" diameter plastic tube with a cap for storing your inflatable chinrest (included) and rosin (not included). Whoa! There's more... Not shying away from gimmicks or pulling any punches, I have installed a pitch pipe for an end pin.