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Thread #126097   Message #2798726
Posted By: Stewart
29-Dec-09 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
Claudia Schmidt plays the pianolin.

"Schmidt taught herself to play Appalachian dulcimer, twelve string guitar and the deluxe pianolin, a 52-string, zither-like, instrument. Within five years, Schmidt had left her day job and sought her fortune as a musician. Schmidt's self-titled debut album, released in 1979, established her as one of the Midwest's best singer-songwriters."

"The song [Come Take a Trip on my Airship] is a waltz with a somewhat strange sound, because Claudia Schmidt uses it to showcase the "pianolin," a strange hybrid of the autoharp and the violin with a kind of scratchy bowed-instrument sound."

Cheers, S. in Seattle