The violin was the dominant instrument of the 18th century. The fiddle is a derogatory term used for the violin and its performer a variation (in title alone) of the violin. The fiddle can play over four octaves. The fiddle can be used to destroy vast empires and is not a good fire extinguisher as proven by the Romans when “Nero fiddled and Rome burned…” The instrument is useful in a tavern despite occasional uncontrollable juddering and the spread contents of the fiddle case can be helpful in locating Peter. The fiddle sounds by drawing a horse hair bow across the strings. Strings transmit vibration through a bridge, sound post and body of the instrument. F-holes increase resonance… Say F-hole five times. N.B. Despite the bargain it may seem to be… don’t buy the twenty dollar fiddle.