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unique musical instruments

world music, folk music, crazy decorated instruments... and instruments you never heard of before!

Hungarian Bagpipes - Musical Instruments Museum - Brussels, Belgium (article)

Clariophone. Attributed to Gebr. Ludwig (?). Date: ca. 1900. Geography: Zwota-Sachsen?, Germany.

Claviharp Date: late 19th century Geography: Italy

| The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Native American Instrument - an indigenous American string instrument. Its a Charango from the Andes.

1770 English Cittern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Citterns were instruments dating back to the Renaissance. However, in England, they continued to be used for casual music-making well into the 18th century; for instance, one might be kept in the waiting room at a barber shop so clients could amuse themselves as they waited. In that way, they were similar to acoustic guitars today, where many people could play one just for fun.

Tanjore Tambura (male) Date: early 19th century

| The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1848-1852 American(?) Apollo lyre at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - It's interesting to see, looking back over the years, just how much experimentation went on in creating the musical instruments we know today. For instance, this is the only known "Apollo lyre" in existence - according to the curators, "The upward-pointing handles produce pressure and suction to sound a diatonic scale, as in an accordion or harmonica."

One of the oldest preserved harps in the world, is from Scotland. This harp, dated 16th century, similar in design to the Brian Boru Harp of Ireland, is ornamented with gems and has a geometric relief carving on its column. It's in the National Museum in Edinburgh.

Anita Carter Introduces The Guitaro

Round piano made for Target commercial played on by Alicia Keys

MATRIXSYNTH: Target Stores Keyboard

Really Weird Musical Instruments: HOLOPHONOR

flutes get bigger.

Straighten the neck, place on other side and it would be a cool design for an electric violin!

White Guitars, Menehune 22-String Harp Guitar

*Sarangi (1900) ~ A beautiful full sound and a close proximity to the melodic flexibility of the human voice make the sarangi the most important bowed instrument of classical Hindustani music of northern India and Pakistan. A rigid horsehair bow (not shown) rhythmically sounds the gut melody strings that cross over an ivory elephant-shaped bridge (bara ghurac).

automated 12 String guitar in cabinet jukebox Roll controlled

It's called a Nellophone. You hit the ends of the tubes - very Blue Man Group!

Tres Cubano. Modelo La dama de Francisco Bros.