Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

Many have speculated about the origins of the musical saw. The Hyde Park Herald, August 27, 1926 included this article explaining how it all happened:

“First ‘Musical Saw'”

“The idea of extracting music from such an unlikely medium as an ordinary steel saw is said to have originated more than thirty years ago in Argentina. A drunken violinist in a lumber camp is credited with the discovery. In recent years the “musical saw” has become a popular fancy of jazz orchestras in both America and Europe.”


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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.