Type: Chordophones > Lyres > Viols.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Tuning: G / D / A / E
Country: Carpathian area [Podhale], Poland.
Region: Eastern Europe.
Description: The Złóbcoki is a bowed fiddle smaller than the violin although played in the same manner. It is a musical instrument that has its origins in Podhale, Poland. The instrument existed till the end of the 19th century. The name Złóbcoki refers to the gouging of the instrument from one block of wood, others derive it from the cradle , or cradle.
Construction: The złóbcoki have a convex, oblong and narrow resonant body with a carved neck both the neck and body are carved from the same block. Differing from the violin in the highlander style from the Carpathian Mountains. They did not have a button holding the strings and lacking separate walls. At first the złóbcoki three strings, later a fourth one was added.