Get the schtick on Wiplstix

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 hotel neighbor while you're practicing.

"What it lacks in tone it makes up for in willingness to adventure." - Karen J

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; people just leave it laying around the kitchen table or at their 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 yet another feature that make it unique. Most all the wood in the instrument has been milled by me. I am so small a manufacturer that I am not even a Mom and Pop business. I am just a "Pop" who makes and exclusively sells these instruments. The body and neck of the wiplstix is made of a single piece of wood. There is no neck joint  to break making it very durable (I used to juggle mine, though this is not recommended, and not covered in the warranty). The walnut body is hollowed out to maximize sound and the top is made of quarter sawn spruce or cedar. The fingerboard floats above the soundboard like a standard violin and is made of hickory, the tailpiece of maple, the nut and saddle from desert ironwood that I procured from the Whipple mountains. These are very satisfactory replacements for ebony. I do not use any tropical rainforest woods in my violins.

The tuners are modeled after piano tuners with a slot machined 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. If finger strength is a problem you may want to make a tuner or buy one with your kit.


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.

Wiplstix waltzes across 2,200 miles of the Appalachian trail