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Monday, September 10, 2007

The glass harmonica is a type of musical instrument that uses a series of glass bowls or goblets graduated in size to produce musical tones by means of friction, making it a crystallophone. Note that despite being played with wet fingers, the sound is produced by the glass, so the glass harmonica is not a hydraulophone even if played completely submerged in water.

1 comment:

William Zeitler said...

"...even if submerged entirely in water". There is the assertion that some armonicas would rotate their glasses through water in a trough. Having personally tried it, if the glasses are submerged enough that ALL of them get at least SOME water, the water severely mutes the glasses to the point of unplayability--as well as throwing them out of tune (the same way that putting water in a glass changes the pitch).