unique musical instruments

world music, folk music, crazy decorated instruments... and instruments you never heard of before!
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An electric violin that looks like something straight out of Battlestar Galactica.

Electric violin looks like a sci-fi weapon

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Seahorse Harp. Which is the main event here.

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Bagpipe - 1750.

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Rupert Carabin (1862-1932) Piano, 1900 Sculpted Wood kinda creepy, kinda cool.

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Les Paul Steampunk Guitar Custom Made Les Pipes | eBay Are those horn rotary keys I see?

LES PAUL STEAMPUNK GUITAR CUSTOM MADE - LES PIPES

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A Clear Choice: CRYSTAL #Pianos Are Anything But Classic #homedecor .. I don't know how to play the piano but this would make a def add on to my future home

A Clear Choice: CRYSTAL Pianos Are Anything But Classic

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Stamenphone - bowed sound sculpture with resonating chamber, unusual odd unique experimental musical instrument

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Joseph Pons's Lyre guitar, 1810. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Lyre guitar | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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A corner piano in the piano museum. Gulanu Island

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Practice violin , about 1900

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Lyraflugel ~ This type of upright piano was made almost exclusively in Berlin between 1820 and 1850. The Lyraflügel was a fashionable fixture of middle-class Biedermeier parlors in northern German lands. In the period of the Napoleonic occupation (1806–13), the lyre had become a symbol of freedom and liberation. It was popularized in songs based on the collection of patriotic poems, With Lyre and Sword, by the poet Theodor Körner (1791–1813).

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Kludge Guitar

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Koto Harp Guitar

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William Eaton - O’ele’n Strings

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Harp Lute England, 1815 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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

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

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Claviharp Date: late 19th century Geography: Italy

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giant Balalaika--Russian

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

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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.

Cittern (English guitar)

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Tanjore Tambura (male) Date: early 19th century

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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."

Apollo Lyre

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Coffee Tin Ukulele

I liked this design on #Fab. Folgers Coffee Tin Ukulele

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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.

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