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Posted By: richardw
15-Jun-01 - 09:44 PM
Thread Name: Help: Harpolute - instrument info
Subject: RE: Help: Harpolute - instrument info
Great sites Sorcha, but no seegar.

This has a body similar to n autoharp or marxophone with a round sound hole. I presume it is meant to be plucked as there are no keys etc and the strings are about 3/4 of an inch apart. The trapazoid shape is uneven, so imagine a hammer dulcimer with one side angled more than the other. it is about 18" on the long bottom side. 12 on the anchor pin side (the top, then a short square section and then a12 " side. The fourth side is parrallel with the bottom. Confused?

It is probably of the American zeither family, of a plucked psaltery type. Simple in construction.

I'll have to take a photo and post it.

Richard