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The violin as we know it was developed in 16th century Italy, where the craft of fiddle-making was perfected. Don't worry, the "fiddle" isn't a joke about a violin, a lot of violins are called this name, no matter what style they're used for. A person who works with violins is called a luthier. It's four steel strings are usually played with a bow of horsehair or plucked with the violinist's fingers.