Music Instruments

I'm a musician so one of the first types of galleries I thought of creating was of music, to be more specific, music instruments. I wanted to display some of the most historically significant instruments and how they influence the building of instruments today. I also wanted to show some rare instruments that aren't seen very often but are pretty interesting.

This is a Stradivari Violin. Antonio Stradivari is the most famous violin maker(stringed instrument maker) from Cremona Italy. He was born in 1693 and made the most sought after string instruments in world. These instruments today, if proven to be originals, can go up to $3 million. There have been many fakes made over the years so one would have to take it to a specialist to find out if it was an original if they found one.
This is a cello that was made around 1550. I chose this because it is the worlds oldest surviving cello. The coat of arms and motto of King Charles IX of France was painted on it. The neck of the cello was replaced in 1801 but the scroll and pegbox are the originals which shows that the cello might have only had 3 strings when made and not the standard 4.
This is a Stradivari Guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1700. This guitar has 5 double strings instead of 6 single strings on a standard modern guitar. The others are held at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University in England and at the Musee de la Musique in Paris, and in a private Italian collection.
This is a mandolin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1680. Unlike the standard mandolin of today, this mandolin has 5 double strings instead of 4 double strings. Some of the surviving pieces are held at The Civic Museum in Cremona Italy, and another at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University in England.
The earliest form of the clarinet is the English Clarinet which was introduced around 1733. This clarinet in A was made in 1785 by August Dresden. This is the only Clarinet in A that was made by August Dresden that is known to have survived. He is known to have been one of the best woodwind makers of that time.
This is an early pipe organ. A pipe organ creates sound by pressurized air. Each pipe is responsible for its own note which is why the pipes are different sizes. Pipe organs are also know to have pedals at the players feet for even lower bass notes. The earliest organ can be traced to 3rd century BC in ancient Greece.
This is one of Elvis's guitars made by Martin which is a guitar company founded by Christian Frederick Martin in 1833 and is famous for it's steel string guitars. This is one of the many acoustic guitars that Elvis owned. One of his martin's is also on display at the Martin factory.
This is an English Treble Viola da Gamba. This instrument was developed in the late 15th century. They resemble the instruments in the violin family but also have distinct differences. Unlike the violin family they have flat backs. They also have sloped shoulders as well as C holes instead of F holes.
This is an ergonomic viola. This viola was created to try to eliminate the issues that could arise from constantly playing a viola that is too big. Issues such as tendinitis and carpel tunnel syndrome are common conditions that can happen to players. This reduces the length of the instrument but makes it wider in certain parts to accomplish a bigger sound.
This is a double chromatic harp that was first introduced in the 16th century. Unlike the pedal harp which requires pedals to access the half steps for accidentals, this has the additional strings strung across so that you can just play without needing to adjust anything. Each semitone has it's own string.
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