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Thread #161844   Message #3848851
Posted By: Jack Campin
05-Apr-17 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: Instrument-specific jokes
Subject: RE: Instrument-specific jokes
Somewhere in the writings of the 17th century Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi, he reports that the tanbur (a banjo-like instrument, which he played himself and which I've just started learning) was the favourite instrument in Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Pictish Lethendy stone in Perthshire has a famous picture featuring a harpist and a triple pipe player. It has been suggested that this was an early version of the "welcome to heaven, here's your harp... welcome to hell, here's your accordion" joke.