View Full Version : Odd travel photos froma clown on a round the world ticket

11-24-2017, 02:29 PM
These are in the La Scala museum in Milan


They would not let me play with them
More to come

11-24-2017, 02:52 PM

Interestingly the notes don't say if they are just props or if they were used in performance. They certainly predate harp guitar and harp ukulele photos I have seen by a fair margin.
Before someone chimes in with how early lutes often came with unfretted drone /sympathetic strings- I got you covered.104691 from the Finnish national museum.

Venice, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam, NY, Oahu (plus volcano day trip to big Island), home (Australia ) next.

11-30-2017, 09:39 AM
From the Florence academy of fine arts
A piano guitar from around 1790 made in New York by Dodds & Claus. The string arrangement of 112223 courses has me intrigued as does the piano action which is either missing or extraordinarily clever. I could not see how the tuners were adjusted.

12-13-2017, 11:16 AM
That Picasso may habe been a great artist but his guitar doesn't look very playable. 105337105338

From NY
Honolulu in the morning.

12-13-2017, 12:56 PM
The string arrangement of 112223 courses has me intrigued

Those are definitely some unique instruments. Thanks for sharing. Just a thought... The arrangement of courses appears similar to how a piano is strung. The low notes are single strings, middle range has double string courses and triple courses for the higher keys. It could be meant to mimic that.

Inside a baby grand. (https://i2.wp.com/howtotunepianos.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/strings.jpg)

12-15-2017, 02:07 PM
Kamaka factory tour photos. Silver Oak in 1967.
Some of you will recognise this old dude. The guy in the middle is quite famous too. 105365

For me, best factory tour ever in the history of factory tours.