Titanic violin discovered

The missing violin played by the Titanic’s band leader as the ship slowly sank may have been found 99 years on.

Wallace Hartley and his seven band members became part of the Titanic’s history when they continued to play while going down with the ship on April 14, 1912.

But now the violin has been found and is undergoing tests at a specialist auction house to test its authenticity.

Experts are so sure the violin is the real deal they are planning to take it on a world tour to mark the 100th anniversary of the liner’s sinking.

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9:55am Mon 28 Mar 11

AD07881 says...

where did they find it?
where did they find it? AD07881
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10:12am Mon 28 Mar 11

on the line says...

Could be a fiddle
Could be a fiddle on the line
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10:16am Mon 28 Mar 11

Linesman says...

AD07881 wrote:
where did they find it?
In a vile inn?
[quote][p][bold]AD07881[/bold] wrote: where did they find it?[/p][/quote]In a vile inn? Linesman
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10:58am Mon 28 Mar 11

cyber_fug says...

If its that big it's probably a Double Bass
If its that big it's probably a Double Bass cyber_fug
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12:31pm Mon 28 Mar 11

Mavis Barlow says...

This story struck a chord with me. On another note, I suspect somebody is instrumental in trying to orchestrate an elaborate con, you know, stringing us along. This could be the tip of the iceberg!
This story struck a chord with me. On another note, I suspect somebody is instrumental in trying to orchestrate an elaborate con, you know, stringing us along. This could be the tip of the iceberg! Mavis Barlow
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2:47pm Mon 28 Mar 11

Nutstrangler says...

Mavis Barlow wrote:
This story struck a chord with me. On another note, I suspect somebody is instrumental in trying to orchestrate an elaborate con, you know, stringing us along. This could be the tip of the iceberg!
Hang on a minute, I'll just get your coat! ;-)

Did it wash asore on a desert island, then?
[quote][p][bold]Mavis Barlow[/bold] wrote: This story struck a chord with me. On another note, I suspect somebody is instrumental in trying to orchestrate an elaborate con, you know, stringing us along. This could be the tip of the iceberg![/p][/quote]Hang on a minute, I'll just get your coat! ;-) Did it wash asore on a desert island, then? Nutstrangler
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5:08pm Mon 28 Mar 11

TEBOURBA says...

It should be given to the Nation ---- free of charge and no strings attached!!
It should be given to the Nation ---- free of charge and no strings attached!! TEBOURBA
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5:08pm Mon 28 Mar 11

TEBOURBA says...

It should be given to the Nation ---- free of charge and no strings attached!!
It should be given to the Nation ---- free of charge and no strings attached!! TEBOURBA
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5:17pm Mon 28 Mar 11

allsaintsnocurves says...

I'd love to know what sort of tests there are for a violin that's been under the sea for 99 years! Is there a scale of bum notes they play after a certain amount of time submerged? Or are they just checking no ones' been fiddling with it?
I'd love to know what sort of tests there are for a violin that's been under the sea for 99 years! Is there a scale of bum notes they play after a certain amount of time submerged? Or are they just checking no ones' been fiddling with it? allsaintsnocurves
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5:38pm Mon 28 Mar 11

markeneal says...

A small piece of history has been reclaimed with the finding of this violin. However, as noted in this article, let's not forget that there were 7 other members of Hartley's band that gave their lives by playing music to keep Titanic passengers calm while the ship was sinking. I highly recommend a recent book about their lives: The Band that Played On: http://dld.bz/SM8u
A small piece of history has been reclaimed with the finding of this violin. However, as noted in this article, let's not forget that there were 7 other members of Hartley's band that gave their lives by playing music to keep Titanic passengers calm while the ship was sinking. I highly recommend a recent book about their lives: The Band that Played On: http://dld.bz/SM8u markeneal
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5:52pm Mon 28 Mar 11

Maybush Lad says...

It would make a good addition for the new Titanic Museum, if they could get it (and if it's genuine of course).
It would make a good addition for the new Titanic Museum, if they could get it (and if it's genuine of course). Maybush Lad
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10:29pm Mon 28 Mar 11

Scrutinizer says...

"undergoing tests...to test it's authenticity"? Well, It's probably relatively easy to date this violin, but proving it has a solid link to the Titanic's band leader is another ball game altogether.
"undergoing tests...to test it's authenticity"? Well, It's probably relatively easy to date this violin, but proving it has a solid link to the Titanic's band leader is another ball game altogether. Scrutinizer
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