What in the horror world is this? -- Why, it's a picture of my brand new baby. I'm anxious to denounce any rumors that its immaculate conception belongs to my wife, or J-Lo.
But what should we call it? That, my friends, is up to you - see below, and thank you!
This new baby is a 6-stringed acoustic instrument, made by the excellent Eric Aceto of Ithaca, NY. On its belly, it carries the strings of a viola (C-G-D-A), the violin (G-D-A-E) and a super-low string (F), one pitch higher than the bottom note of the guitar. Size-wise, it's taller than a violin but shorter than a viola, clocking in at 14 inches.
So what should we call it? I'd like to propose a baby-naming contest. For all details, see my blog.