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A Kit was a small violin, also known by the French term pochette, suitable for carrying around in a coat pocket. They were played by dancing masters before demonstrating a particular step to their pupils. However, this example is made from expensive decorative materials, and it may have been intended as a collector's curiosity rather than as a working instrument. About 1680.

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A kit was a small violin, also known by the French term pochette, suitable for…

1670 French Kit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Kits were small and narrow variants of violins. They were known as pochettes in France because they could easily be fitted in the coat-pocket of a dancing master, who would play briefly on this instrument, slip it into his pocket and then demonstrate the appropriate steps. Very little music was composed specifically for the kit so the performer generally played violin pieces or popular tunes."

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1670 French Kit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Scottish pochette or kit violin is a small violin meant to fit inside a pocket. The instrument was commonly used by Dancing Masters,  people paid by Scottish nobles and merchants to teach them how to dance and speak like Englishmen.  Niel Gow, the famous 18th c Scottish fiddler, is known to have played a kit, and reportedly carried one in his pocket each time he walked from his house in Inver to Blair Castle, where he worked. Thomas Jefferson also owned at least two kits.

The Scottish pochette is a small violin meant to fit inside a pocket. The instrument was commonly used by Dancing Masters, people paid by Scottish nobles and merchants to teach them how to dance and speak like Englishmen. ok what clef is it?

Pochette, Dance.Masters Kit (item #1005759, detailed views)

Pochette or Dance Masters Kit, long model.

Pochette, Dance Masters Kit  (item #1005491, detailed views)

An early Pochette with Angel face.

Pochette, Dance Masters Kit (item #1005528, detailed views)

Pochette, Dance Masters Kit (item #1005528, detailed views)

Pochette, Dance.Masters Kit

Pochette or Dance Masters Kit, long model.

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