Tuesday, October 11, 2016

30 Days of Weird Instruments, Day 25 -- the Wheelharp

The Wheelharp is made of 61 keys and strings on a handmade instrument designed and built by Jon Jones. The name comes from a spinning wheel inside that vibrates the strings, and is designed to essentially give one person the ability to control the full chromatic scale.

Antiquitymusic.com, who've partnered with Jon Jones & Sons to produce the instrument, says on their website that "...musicians, composers, and studios that seek to create the natural sound of classical string instruments while avoiding the frequently sterile quality of digital string synthesizers and samples, or for those looking to foray into new sonic territory, the Wheelharp presents a truly exciting opportunity.

What a beautiful instrument, but if you plan on owning your own you'd better be ready to pay extra for the loving, handmade craftwork, as this thing will run you just shy of $15 grand.

Tomorrow's instrument will change everything you know about scales.

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