Behold: WheelHarp

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Artisan/engineer Jon Jones’ WheelHarp is a full-scale chromatic instrument inspired by the hurdy-gurdy.

Pressing on the keys moves one of 61 strings toward a rosined wheel. The right pedal controls the speed of the motor turning the wheel. The left is a damper. There are electromagnetic and a piezoelectric pickups to control amplification.

It’s quite the orchestral thing of beauty. It makes lovely sounds.

And for ten grand, you can have the entry-level version.

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