Mudcat Café message #948034 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: GUEST,Les B.
07-May-03 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: 1933 Martin OO-42 found in a closet
Subject: RE: 1933 Martin OO-42 found in a closet
Kat - I'd forgotten that post. Part of the folklore rationale is that the tail collects dust and/or moisture, and also scares away mice. Plus the idea that the rattle's own natural resonance will impart a better sound to the instrument. I've got one in my fiddle and my guitars, but it's hard to get a very big one through a fiddle's F hole.

Les