HARMONICAS - We have an extensive inventory of harmonicas
of every description, in any key you might want. We'll be giving
them their own page very soon. Meantime, please call or email
us for more information on our harmonica stock.
14439 Oscar Schmidt model OS-120 CN Adirondack 21 chord autoharp. Features solid spruce top, birdseye maple back, built in FT600 fine tuning system and OT-1 chromatic tuner. Comes with tuning wrench, pick and a hardshell case. List price including the cost of hardshell case is $759.80. Our price $664.90
14934 C.F. Zimmerman model 2 3/4 twenty-three string five bar miniature autoharp. The five chords were C, F, Bb, G7, and C7. Patented May 9th, 1882, but manufactured around 1895. This is an interesting historical item that can actually be played. Comes with 44 page booklet detailing Zimmerman's simplified numerical notation of music. Price includes modern handmade mahogany case with dovetailed corners. $259.00
9619 Oscar Schmidt autoharp, twelve chord bar. $125.00
We can furnish copies of The Autoharp Book,
by Becky Blackley, for $19.95, plus $3.95 for Priority Mail, in the US. This is a fully indexed 256 page paperback, 8 1/2"X 11", with over 500 photographs and illustrations, including a color photograph section. Ms. Blackley's encyclopedic work is far and away the best documentation of autoharp history ever attempted!
ZITHERS, UKELINS, ETC.
ACCORDIONS and CONCERTINAS
(used, 1935) meant to be plucked, strummed, and bowed at
the same time. With original carton, paperwork, instructional
materials, and tuning wrench. $150.00
||14447 Marxolin (used, c.1930) bizarre ukelin-variant, somewhere amongst a bowed psaltery, hammered psaltery, and bowed zither. Blue moonburst finish. This instrument must be seen (and heard) to be believed! It looks like two spaceships passing in the night; comes with hardshell case and bow. $270.00
13922 Board Zither (used, 20th century)
reminiscent of the 14th century "strumento di porco," so named
because of a fancied resemblance to the shape of a pig's head.
This instrument has 23 strings and 32 sound holes, and if Beverly
can't figure out how to tune it, we'll be ever so sad... $79.95
14249 Santa Marsala three row button accordion in GCF, with red pearl finish and hardshell case. Because of the relationship between the rows of buttons and the holes in G, C, and F harmonicas, it's pretty easy for a harmonica player to learn the button accordion. Strange, but true! $429.50
14868 Corvella 120 bass accordion, model 524 (used, c. 1950) with beautiful white pearl and orange sparkle finish. This instrument is compact, and weighs fifteen pounds, so you won't have to be a giant to play it. Price includes straps and hardshell case. We're offering this instrument AS-IS. It seems to play OK, but we are not skilled accordion guys, so you should check it out thoroughly before you purchase... $300.00 (As-Is)
SOUTH AMERICAN INSTRUMENTS
||13973 Andean Charango,
vegetarian model, 10 strings in GG/ CC / E'E / AA / EE tuning,
fits under your poncho. This instrument has a "zero" fret and
three sound holes, two of which resemble abstract birds, flanking
an abstract bell. Absolutely gorgeous traditional gig bag made
from chrome yellow tapestry cloth is included at no extra charge.
(Mexican folk bass). Hand-made of mahogany and Mexican mystery
wood. Imported from the wilds of Mexico by our pal John Vinci.
This 6-string acoustic bass has a very pleasing, round sound;
no doubt the consequence of its huge vaulted body. Bass enthusiasts
and world music fans take notice! Ole! $695.00
MORE WORLD INSTRUMENTS
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||14391 Spanish Bandurria (used, c. 1960s) with 6 pairs of strings, tuned G#' / C#' / f#' / b' / e"/ a" from bass to treble. This item has a very short, wide neck, and a pretty label in color, with a picture of a Spanish lady playing a guitar. Sound hole trim is a combination of wooden marquetry and mother of pearl blocks. Thank you and goodnight. $290.00
||14627 Machete de rajao, Portuguese ancestor of the ukulele. Age unknown, but possibly dates from the late 1800s or early 1900s. The five handmade friction pegs are arranged in a quincunx on the peghead. Back and neck appear to be Spanish cypress; the bridge and body sides look like quartersawn mahogany. The two-piece top is some species of evergreen, perfectly quartered. In keeping with the tradition of Portuguese luthierie, the soundboard is bare of finish. $400.00
||13982 Balalaika by Lunacharsky
of Leningrad (used, 1982) 3 string, decorated with red stenciled
stylized vines and leaves. $125.00
||14437 Russian balalaika, maker unknown, but looks like Lunarcharsky work, possibly a survivor of the Great Patriotic War from the1940s. This model is very resonant, and has raised pickguard. Finish has weather checks, overall condition very good. $290.00
Egyptian style mosaic Oud. Decorated with over 1200 pieces
of inlay. A stunning instrument to see and play! Listen to your
old Sandy Bull records and bond with your North African mojo!
Tuned: (low to high) E A B E A D. $660.00
(used, c. 1960s) three stringed folk fiddle, possibly from
the Caucasus mountains of the former USSR. Comes with pre-glaznost
beechwood bow, which will need rehairing. Price: $200.
Percussion - we also
have a variety of hand drums not listed here, please call for
Note Double mbira from South Africa (used, c.1970s) with
5" wide by 13 1/2" long body made from half a calabash gourd.
We'll be darned if we can figure out the tuning. This instrument
requires TWO people to play, and has romantic possibilities.
Hardwood drum, Standing Wave Jumbo, canarywood and mahogany
construction, 12 notes, comes with mallets. $750.00
15012 Egg-shaped Bodhran by Davey Settle of Calgary, Alberta (used, c.2010). Experience Celtic mojo here in the granite state! Price includes gig bag. $350.00
12665 Piccolo 4 key hardwood drum by Michael Thiele, made
out of purple heart and ash. Comes with rubber tipped mallets.
13348 Hardwood drum, Geo Bones 9 note, padauk and mahogany construction,
comes with mallets. $320.00
13346 Hardwood drum, Standing Wave Jumbo, canarywood and mahogany
construction, 12 notes, comes with mallets. $750.00
13572 Thiele 14-note hardwood drum in a new jazz tuning in
B major. $600.00
13573 Thiele hardwood drum in 9-note GEO bones configuration.
13574 Thiele hardwood drum in the new chorded 12-noted Memphis
tuning. 4 chords, C, F, G,Amin. $550.00
13577 Thiele hardwood drum 4-note with Ivy Leaves pattern. $195.00
||12018 Theater lute (guitar disguised as lute) made in Germany, c. 1920s. Has 13 curly maple ribs, scalloped fingerboard, elaborate curly-twirly bridge, and carved rosette features Sidonian lyre. Plays well, but offered As-Is because of missing binding that's not cost-effective to replace...$450.00
INSTRUMENTS FROM INDIA - VEENAS AND SITARS ~ click
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Vitchitra Veena, an ancient style of fretless instrument
from the tradition of South India, showcased on recordings by
the late Gopal Krishna. This example has 18 strings (11 of which
are sympathetic), two toombas, lots of decoration (including
carvings of a swan being pursued by a serpent) and a huge (58"
X 20" X 19") hardshell case. $900.00
Saraswathi Veena with seven strings. Made in Chennai, India,
of jackwood with a brass bridge and a magnetic pickup. Gourds
and dragon head are removable for easy transportation. Comes
with two padded cases. This Veena has a strong bassy tone. Formerly
owned by Veena virtuosi Prabhavati Ganesh and Raja Sivamani.
Dragon head is missing one of his six fangs and we will attempt
dragon dentistry if requested. $1,060.00
Well-travelled Saraswathi Veena from India, seven strings,
highly decorated. Sounds nice; dragon head is missing three teeth.
Could benefit from creative reptile dentistry. $950.00
ACCESSORIES, CDs and BOOKS
We carry strings for just about any instrument you could imagine,
also electronic tuners, pitch pipes, instructional books and
videos, microphones, effects, cables, humidifiers, mic stands,
music stands, instrument stands and parts for your own lutherie
We can special order any Mel Bay book or video. If you wish more
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