31 January 2009

Obsession du Jour

I caught part of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood today. He was in Negri's Music shop, playing toy piano with Negri on guitar and some dude playing this:

(This is not the guy from the show.) The Stumpf Fiddle. I remember seeing these things when I was a kid, but I only have a dim memory of them:

Looks easy to build. I'd like to see Mr. Buddy playing one.

It strikes me as a "deceptively easy to play" instrument, similar to the ukulele. There are two approaches with such an instrument:

1. Take it serious and make music
2. Fart around with it and make noise

So I want one of these things! I guess I'll add it to my musical wish list.