Sunday, September 13, 2015

ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS of the past

 A 1200s musician with instrument
a stringed instrument,  1200s?     click image twice for full size
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
1742 strange music instrument bladder
a 1742 music instrument      click twice
   
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
1742 strange music instrument bladder
1742: we can almost still hear the wheeze of the bladder      click twice
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
An 1820 hammerflugel decorated
an 1820 Hammerflugel (small piano)
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
a photograph of an 1821 Claviharpe, keyboard plucks harp strings
In this 1821 Claviharpe,  keyboard action 'plucked' the Harp strings

        
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
1823 nail violins photograph
1823 nail violins  The nails were tuned by length,  and played with
some kind of bow.      see full size
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
a photograph of an 1850 Melophone
an 1850  Melophone
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
An 1851 doubleneck stringed instrument
An 1851 triple-neck stringed instrument with
a tremendous pitch range
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
music instruments of Siam
Instruments of Siam,  from an old book     click twice
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
a photograph of an 1851 metal and wood music stand
an 1851 metal and wood music stand,  to hold printed sheet music
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
1890 zither heads by Franz Waldecker & Co.
1890 zither heads      click twice
         
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
      
1890 zithers by Franz Waldecker & Co., Salon Harp Zither
1890  "Salon Harp Zither"      click twice
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
1890 cornet horn
an 1890 cornet      click twice
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
photograph of 1901 Myriophone with Mr. & Mrs. Karsy
the 1901 Giant Myriophone      click twice
"... twenty-five discs,  each with eighty strings,  making two 
thousand in all ... regular piano strings are used."
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
a photograph of an odd 1931 musical instrument, Composite musical instrument which gives sounds of piano, mandolin, guitar and cello"
1931:  "Composite musical instrument which gives sounds of piano,  mandolin,  guitar and cello"
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
photograph of 1936 music instrument the solfia
the 1901 Sofia: "Combining the keyboard of an organ with the
tone control of a saxophone ..."     click twice
       
 ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
a color photograph of a 1946 Gibson steel guitar with plastic body
a 1946 Gibson steel guitar with plastic body
     
ODD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
   
photograph of a circus calliope, or circus organ
the circus calliope will play us out for this week     see full size
          
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