Is there a dead animal in your musical instrument? Many animal lovers don’t know that animal components are also hidden in many musical instruments. Even popular classics such as guitar, violin, piano, and drum are usually not vegan. We will tell you what the intestines, bones, hair, and teeth of animals may be, and how to pay attention to animal-friendly musical instruments when buying them. Besides that, we will inform you about the first vegan violin.
String instruments: violin, piano, and eardrum
String instruments are usually covered with horsehair. For this purpose, the tail hair of male molds is usually used, as it is lighter and not polluted by urine. Whilst the tail hairs of the animals are regrowing, a severed tail for horses seriously affects their protective and social functions.
Guitar straps are often made of leather or have leather parts. For the production of leather, cattle are kept under cruel conditions in overcrowded stables and killed after an agonizing transport to the slaughterhouse. The use of a vegan guitar strap does not cause animal suffering. Vegan guitar straps are available for example at Thomann or Avesu made of materials such as cotton, nylon, or faux leather.
The keys on older pianos are frequently made of ivory. For the material, many elephants have lost their tusks and, in some cases, their lives. Strict species protection regulations have contributed to the severe restriction of trade in these pianos. Unfortunately, bones from other animals, such as cattle, are often used as an ivory alternative. Many keyboards nowadays are also made of ceramic, plastic, or hardwood. The material of the keys of a piano has no influence on its sound
For a long time, drums were covered with tanned animal skins or covered with animal skins. While some drums such as Djembén, Tablas, and Congas still use the skin of goats or buffaloes, many other percussion instruments are now covered with plastic. For example, animal-friendly cladding on drums is commonplace.
Padraig ó Dubhlaoidh is a passionate violin maker. With his latest creation, he has everything he cares about: music, his beloved violins, and animal welfare. His vegan violins have even been certified by the Vegan Society with the Vegan Flower.
Padraig manufactures his instruments carefully by hand. They are the result of 40 years of violin-making experience. On his way, the passionate musician explored the most diverse violins, from restoration and conservation to the development of completely new models. The environment and animal welfare were particularly important to him. This is how the world’s first 100 percent vegan violin was created.
He manufactures his instruments using traditional tools and methods, combined with the latest research and experience passed on by the most accomplished violin makers from well-known companies such as Stradivari, Guarneri, and Maggini.
He also restored the instruments of many famous musicians. He wrote articles for various music magazines about the maintenance of special instruments and his experience in this field.
His instruments are played in the most prestigious music houses such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.