Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)

katlaughing 28 Dec 09 - 10:10 PM
Bill D 28 Dec 09 - 10:20 PM
Bill D 28 Dec 09 - 10:26 PM
GUEST,999 28 Dec 09 - 10:35 PM
GUEST,999 28 Dec 09 - 11:01 PM
katlaughing 28 Dec 09 - 11:07 PM
GUEST,999 28 Dec 09 - 11:13 PM
catspaw49 28 Dec 09 - 11:25 PM
katlaughing 28 Dec 09 - 11:31 PM
GUEST,999 28 Dec 09 - 11:37 PM
catspaw49 28 Dec 09 - 11:53 PM
GUEST,999 29 Dec 09 - 12:54 AM
romanyman 29 Dec 09 - 04:22 AM
Georgiansilver 29 Dec 09 - 04:51 AM
open mike 29 Dec 09 - 06:06 AM
catspaw49 29 Dec 09 - 02:03 PM
Jack Blandiver 29 Dec 09 - 02:25 PM
katlaughing 29 Dec 09 - 02:43 PM
Stewart 29 Dec 09 - 03:37 PM
Richard Mellish 29 Dec 09 - 03:55 PM
Stewart 29 Dec 09 - 03:59 PM
bobad 29 Dec 09 - 04:12 PM
katlaughing 29 Dec 09 - 05:22 PM
Richard Mellish 29 Dec 09 - 06:13 PM
GUEST,999 29 Dec 09 - 09:18 PM
katlaughing 29 Dec 09 - 10:15 PM
Songwronger 03 Aug 11 - 09:25 PM
Dan Schatz 04 Aug 11 - 12:20 AM
Martha Burns 04 Aug 11 - 01:06 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:









Subject: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 10:10 PM

Even Goodwill doesn't know exactly what this is. They are calling it a "Vintage No Name Lap Steel Tremolo Autoharp Instrument." Do any of you know what it is, or have you seen one like it?

CLICK HERE.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 10:20 PM

Looks like what would be a plucked version of a ukelin. Chord strings to the left and melody strings to the right that don't 'quite' look like you'd use a bow on them. (I can't get the enlarging javascript windows to work.) Maybe in another browser.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 10:26 PM

Ahhh yes... and it says stuff about "moving the chord shifter", so it has some way to move a lever to change pitch. Weird one...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 10:35 PM

Bill, when you get to the page at e-bay, click on the photo. Some other small pics will come up in the bare spot to the right (from our perspective. Click on them. I don't think javascript is on this machine, or if it is it ain't a modern version. It 'amplified' for this machine.

It seems to have 49 strings.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:01 PM

I think that the group of strings would be in some open tuning. There is what looks like a double-ended nail near what would be the nut on a guitar. That metal nail is welded to a piece that then is slid along the strings. In the lower right (our) prespective is a small clump of rosin that seems to have been used by a bow. So, sometink can be bowed on there. The white/black 'keys' to the right are markers. Don't seem like they actually do anything. The strings to the right bifurcate about three-quarter-way along the body, and split fifty fifty into two sets of about 6 strings each. That section is elevated so that the bowing will not affect the main chord strings. I would guess that the instrument would be held much like an autoharp. The left hand would do the chording on the main board (the board that is parallelled (sp?) by the chord strings, and the right hand would pluck, finger-pick or bow the strings that are slightly angled, and they would do melody lines. Only way I can see it happening. Don't mean it's right, but it's all I can figure. Looks like it could be fun.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:07 PM

Actually it says it has 52 strings. Maybe a few are missing? Thanks, folks. It's always fun to see what folks think of these "unusual" instruments that show up from time to time. It does look kind of fun. I hadn't noticed the attached rosin...how handy!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:13 PM

I miscounted, Kat. (I ain't got my specs with me.) However, it would
cost a bundle to re-string it, imo.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:25 PM

Can you say TREMOLOA?

Spaw


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:31 PM

There ya go being a smart-aleck-know-it-all, again, Spawdarlin'!
That one doesn't look as long, nor does it look as though it has as many strings, though, of course, that whole one side may be missing its strings. It's hard to tell in those pix. Definitely related, same kind of action etc.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:37 PM

Spaw, that looks like a Chinese kung-fu weapon/eating board.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 11:53 PM

Not only that but I bet the sucker would slice a lot of cheese!


Spaw


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 12:54 AM

Not only that, but those little egg cups are just adorable. Also, it comes with its very own dining tray. WHAT an invention.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: romanyman
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 04:22 AM

bet it would make a cushti slide guitar and finger slicer


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 04:51 AM

Just an early 'autoharp' I reckon..... the shape has since changed but the set up is more or less the same.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: open mike
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 06:06 AM

i just started a thread on ukelins and similar..
the instrument being discussed in this thread
appears in a picture on this page:

http://www.fretlesszithers.com/links.html


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 02:03 PM

Its a pianolin.....another of Henry Marx's strange creations. We had an earlier thread on it as I now recall........

Spaw


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 02:25 PM

Pianolin sounds about right, but it's missing it's bow! You can see an integral block of resin in one of the pictures - a neat touch it has in common with various other bowed (folk) instruments. Contraptions such as this would eventually lose the chord strings & morph into the Bowed Psaltery - which people assume is medieval or otherwise traditional, but isn't, despite their persistence in Folk Shops. The Ukelin is a similar beast, as used by Sun Ra on Strange Strings & other Saturn classics.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 02:43 PM

Maybe it was THIS THREAD, Spaw? There is another with "Marx" in the title. Thanks, btw, for identifying it!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Stewart
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 03:37 PM

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


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 03:55 PM

I don't know what GUEST,999 was looking at when (s)he said
"The strings to the right bifurcate about three-quarter-way along the body, and split fifty fifty into two sets of about 6 strings each." It looks to me that one string starts at the first note marking, the second string at the second marking, etc, so that by bowing at one of the markings you get that string -- exactly as in a bowed psaltery, and presumably producing a similar sound, rich in harmonics (which I personally greatly dislike).

Richard


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Stewart
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 03:59 PM

Here's a pianolin at the Brooklyn Instrument Museum.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: bobad
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 04:12 PM

From that link it is a Marx violin guitar.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 05:22 PM

Even down to the slot for the rosin. I love the sound of it, too!

Stewart, thanks so much for the link. What a fantastic site. I could spend days on there. All of the sound clips, the info, plus pix make it pretty incredible and so interesting!

No bids, but there's six days to go...wonder if it will slip by for the starting bid...hmmmm...:-) (I wish autoharps weren't so expensive.)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 06:13 PM

Pianolin had no bow to his strings?

Richard


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 09:18 PM

Richard, I was looking at the following site originally posted by Kat.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-No-Name-Lap-Steel-Tremolo-Autoharp-Instrument_W0QQitemZ300381704446QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDoma

If you go to that site and click on the picture of the doo-dad, it will about double in size. In the white strip along side the doo-dad, small pics will apear. If you then click them, they enlarge to show various aspect of the doo-dad. I hope that's clear.

Best wishes to you.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 10:15 PM

I like that. I think we should rename it as the "Doo-dad!"*bg*


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Songwronger
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 09:25 PM

This is an instrument on craigslist.

"stringed instrument. Shaped like a Lyre or Harp. It appears to have a banjo head at base of strings. It was found in Estate Sale in Colorado. Beautiful sound.:

Banjo lyre

Don't know how long this posting will run. They cull them often.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:20 AM

Wow. That is the weirdest looking instrument I've seen in a long time. Very useful for making egg salad, though.

Dan


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: What is it? (eBay instrument - Goodwill)
From: Martha Burns
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 01:06 AM

Price seems a bit crazy, though. Or am I way out-of-date.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 21 July 8:20 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.