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Kit

1. Short for “drum kit.”

2. Brit slang for “gear.”

3. In the 15th to 18th centuries, a small violin sized to fit in a pocket, known in France as a pochette and in Germany as tanzmeistergeige. Despite their small size, kits were designed for serious use by adults, they were not intended for children. (A common misconception.) Kits were used by dance masters in royal courts to teach dances. They were also used by street musicians. Thomas Jefferson was known to own two kits. Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1607) was scored to include several kits. He referred to them as violini piccoli alla francese (“small French violins”) in the score.

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