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what is this kantele-like thing?

Jack Campin 01 Mar 10 - 08:17 PM
Bert 01 Mar 10 - 09:04 PM
GUEST 01 Mar 10 - 10:23 PM
Jack Blandiver 02 Mar 10 - 04:41 AM
John P 02 Mar 10 - 10:03 AM
Leadfingers 02 Mar 10 - 10:21 AM
GUEST,mg 02 Mar 10 - 01:59 PM
Deckman 02 Mar 10 - 02:16 PM
Jack Campin 02 Mar 10 - 03:33 PM
open mike 02 Mar 10 - 06:25 PM
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Subject: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:17 PM

EBay auction 200444073841.

It's a two-foot-long rectangular box with ten strings. The strings run over the end of the box at the bottom (like a citera), but at the top they are wound directly onto two five-string sets of tuning pins, angled so the shortest end of each set is in the middle of the instrument, with the strings in the left set all shorter than those in the right set. If you number the strings left to right as 01234 56789, their lengths go 0123498765. So the arrangement of pitches is like an inside-out mbira.

Anyone have any idea what it is? The seller doesn't.


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Bert
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 09:04 PM

Maybe a hammer psaltery


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 10:23 PM

A donde photo? bob(deckman)nelson ((kittos))


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 04:41 AM

Puts me in mind of a string-drum; if you tuned each of the strings sets to a different chord it would be nice with a three-hole pipe. I've draw up plans for such things in the past but never gotten round to construction.

Might not be a musical instrument as such; in antiques shops I've come across beautifully constructed metalophones tuned to a chord which were used in lieu of dinner gongs, and one crude zither of four or five strings which once served the same purpose in a guest house.

Curious piece though, not least for the trough-like construction - and one wonders if those two large marks on the sound board are indicative of an earlier string arrangement?


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: John P
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 10:03 AM

Looks like a rustic zither.


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 10:21 AM

Clicky


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 01:59 PM

I believe it is a Finnish instrument from the name of it. I have not clicked. They have expert players down here in Finn country. mg


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 02:16 PM

While it might be some kind of a non-traditional, homemade Kantele, I doubt it. Kanteles, at least the few I've seen (including my Grandmother's) were much deeper, and broader. But, most rural Finns made their own instruments out of whatever was growing in the woods nearby. And the arrangement of strings and bridges confuses me. bob nelson


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 03:33 PM

I believe it is a Finnish instrument from the name of it.

It was me that said it was like a kantele - the seller didn't have any name for it or any idea where it came from.


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Subject: RE: what is this kantele-like thing?
From: open mike
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 06:25 PM

don't you know a cheese slicer when you see one?
especially good with that velveeta type of processed cheese..


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