Three made-up instruments. Might they work?

Philip1984

New member
Why not?.............

Well the first one doesn't have a nut, and the strings would float really high off the fingerboard. The second instrument does not have a fingerboard. So it would be limited to eight notes only. The last one however, looks fine. I would in fact be very curious to attempt to play it.
 

Corno Dolce

Admiral Honkenwheezenpooferspieler
Well the first one doesn't have a nut, and the strings would float really high off the fingerboard. The second instrument does not have a fingerboard. So it would be limited to eight notes only. The last one however, looks fine. I would in fact be very curious to attempt to play it.

Excellent answers all...
 

musicteach

New member
Well the first one doesn't have a nut, and the strings would float really high off the fingerboard. The second instrument does not have a fingerboard. So it would be limited to eight notes only. The last one however, looks fine. I would in fact be very curious to attempt to play it.

This isn't entirely correct, though. Well at least with the second part. Just because an instrument does not have a finger board, does not mean that you cannot change the pitch. Instead of pressing your fingers to the finger board and holding the string down, to stop the vibrations, it'd be a pinch between two fingers. Harmonics are also possible, which are possible on just about every string instrument.

As to the first one and it's lack of a nut, this instrument in it's current design would be unusable with or with out a nut. Why? Because think about where the strings would be connected to the pegs from that picture. The peg box is a solid piece of wood with the pegs stuck in it, with no where for the strings to go but out. If you notice in the picture (if you can't see I've blown it up) there's no actual strings on the instrument:
AdrienDeggan-Strange-Instrument3.jpg

Although it's hard to see (as it's a 2D image) but the strings would barely be on the finger board rendering it fairly useless.
 

wljmrbill

Active member
Interesting instruments and stringing. I play string bass and viola also..little guitar. Might be fun to try and see if one could get them to be playable... always good for the Medieval Fair...LOL
 

musicteach

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Interesting instruments and stringing. I play string bass and viola also..little guitar. Might be fun to try and see if one could get them to be playable... always good for the Medieval Fair...LOL

Well the second and third ones would be fine (although I'd suggest adding a finger board to the second for ease of play). The first one the peg box needs to be hollowed out such like on members of the violin family and the string attached to the peg inside of the peg box (as opposed the awkward angles out). That would be the simplest solution that I can think of. (May wanna add a nut too)
 

John Watt

Active member
I've got permission to take a huge tree burl from a beach on Lake Erie,
and seeing these instruments shows me a good use for it.
I can be the nut that's being added here!
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
The 3rd pic seems to be a 5 string bass it even has a permanent spike but the machine head is a none starter and an "O" hole instead of "F" holes, I don't think it will catch on, ha I just noticed the keyboard.
AdrienDeggan-Strange-Instrument1.jpg
 
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JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
We have a plethora of ideas but nothing of much practical use eh CD
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
The mind is a wonderful thing and the Swedes very dexterous
 
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