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The Wheelharp
Interesting piece of work I ran across at work today...
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May 9, 2013 - 5:52 pm
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You look at the picture and the initial image on the video, and it looks like a harpsichord with the keys arranged on a cylinder.

... but then you hear the sound and as it so happens, it's actually a bowed string instrument.  It's one of those things that you don't really think about, but it's just a clever little creation, and a variation on the old hurdy-gurdy, but with a lot more range.  The idea is that the \"bow\" is a spinning wheel with a rosined wrapping on the perimeter. The key action simply moves its corresponding string so that it comes in contact with the wheel.  One pedal moves dampers into place to create staccato decays, and the other pedal controls the speed of the wheel to control dynamics.

Insanely expensive, but one can't help but admire the idea.

Rattus Norvegicus
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May 9, 2013 - 6:44 pm
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I keep reading the title of this as "the timewarp"

so I should probably go to bed.

cool instrument though. never seen anything like that before

May 9, 2013 - 9:46 pm
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I saw one of those in person at the NAMM show in Anaheim this past January. Very cool.dancing

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

Fort Lauderdale
May 10, 2013 - 7:49 am
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I missed it. :-(
Must have spent too much time testing violins.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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May 11, 2013 - 12:43 pm
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Wow, that's a pretty crazy instrument.    Here is another along those same lines.   It's called a Nyckelharpa


I think I may have found a way to solve those intonation problems.


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May 11, 2013 - 7:24 pm
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I don't think either of them will become as popular as the ukulele rofl

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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