A wooden practice violin with no soundbox, a short finger board, four tuning pegs, a scroll top, a black tail piece to take five strings, a central bridge, a button tail pin and a turned saddle. There are three strings fitted to the violin and one of these is broken. " W E BILLING " is marked on the violin.
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This practice violin was made for students to learn on. It was designed by music teacher Evelyn Dowling and made by New Plymouth violin maker William Billing. Dowling would give the special violins to students to practice their bow and fingerwork before they were let loose on real instruments.
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