A kissing (to say the least) cousin of the Mountain Banjolin*... this particular model is the Twinbridge Tooth Loosener. Once you have heard the sound produced by bowing between the bridges, no further explanation of the name will be necessary. All fido scores are written in the Phrygian mode, but the fido cannot be tuned to that particular scale. In 1843, after devoting 20 years to a fruitless attempt to tune the Fido properly in order to perform what is perhaps the best-known composition for the instrument ("Just 'Cause It's Flat Don't Mean You Can't Eat It"), Nathaniel Mason Jaroxwald was heard to exclaim "Well, phryg this!" just before shooting himself. The instrument's popularity has waned, but the dying words of Mr. Jaroxwald have lived on.
©2006 by Lonnie Knight