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It looks like an instrument that would be given to a violist as they entered hell
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Not familiar with it, but I found an interesting vid about them on youtube.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Wow, that's so cool! I find it hard to hit the right string when there are only four to choose from - imagine seven...! Also, it reminds me a bit of a hardanger fiddle: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki.....ger_fiddle When I'm rich and a decent violin player, I'm going to get one of those!
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I've heard of that instrument before, it's just a typical Baroque instrument.
"I noticed it has 7 strings and 14 tuning pegs – Couldn't decide if the extras were functional or just for decoration." -Feather
@Feather, the extra 7 strings are sympathetic strings, it is not played, but it vibrates sympathetically when you play the other strings, creating some shrilling effects.
here are some you might think are weird, but are just typical baroque instruments like that viola d' amore; viola d' spalla, viola pomposa, viola d' gamba:
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