Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
The fiddle is the same MusicalInstrument as the VioLin. Essentially, "fiddle" is used to described a violin when the violin is played in a FolkMusic (i.e., TraditionalMusic) or sometimes a JaZz style. One very slight difference between fiddle and violin occurs in American (e.g., BlueGrass and OldTime music) fiddling: the ViolinBridge is shaved down so that it is essentially flat. This makes it easier to play DoubleStops.