How surprising to discover that there is a flourishing market for — and ardently collecting devotees of — objects known as violin bottles.
This sub-culture of violin bottles was revealed to me quite by accident while I was on a quest for something not entirely unrelated but certainly different. Although I had been playing the violin most of my life and even enjoyed looking at art objects that celebrated the undeniably beautiful form of the instrument, I was not seriously interested in collecting so had somehow never seen these hollowed, glass variations.
Violin bottles admired from afar
Fortunately for me, this is also an area that does not threaten to expand out of control. I have been happy to note that there are many styles of this phenomenon that I do not find attractive, thus eliminating the need to acquire for collection’s sake. Of the types of so-called violin bottles that I do like, I am pleased to own several with no urge for more, and am further delighted to have come across an unusual, striking gift item on Amazon.com to offer to a few friends who are also colleague string players. It seems I am far from being the only violinist who had never heard of these violin-shaped bottles.
Now, the really fun part about bottles resembling violins
In initiated circles, where the aficionados are lurking, I came to discover that one does not refer to these items as violin bottles but rather as viobots. This term was obviously concocted by pulling a few syllables from the two words and joining them, but could there be any more unlovely name? The unfortunate fact that the suffix “bot” (already even a word in its own right) more commonly comes from “robot” creates an unshakable association in my mind. I am afraid I can only think of the less musical members of my professional world who manage to play on automatic pilot. For those pretty glass bottles, although I will recognize the insider moniker when I see it, I shall have to stick with all five syllables when referring to them myself.