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French 17th-century: The Hurdy Gurdy. Dictionary Definition: A musical instrument with a droning sound played by turning a handle, which is typically attached to a rosined wheel sounding a series of drone strings, with keys worked by the left hand.

French 17th-century: The Hurdy Gurdy. Dictionary Definition: A musical instrument with a droning sound played by turning a handle, which is typically attached to a rosined wheel sounding a series of drone strings, with keys worked by the left hand.

Folk art with a musical twist is on view in "Appalachian Strings: The Instruments, Their Makers, The Music" at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Dulcimers, banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins from public and private collections attest to the basic human instinct to make music and to make art.

Folk art with a musical twist is on view in "Appalachian Strings: The Instruments, Their Makers, The Music" at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Dulcimers, banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins from public and private collections attest to the basic human instinct to make music and to make art.

Cigar-box violin  E. Clifford, late 19th century

Cigar-box violin E. Clifford, late 19th century

Hurdy Gurdy (also known as the wheel fiddle), The strings are sounded by a wheel which the strings pass over. Its functionality can be compared to that of a mechanical violin, in that its bow (wheel) is turned by a crank. Its distinctive sound is mainly because of its "drone strings" which provide a constant pitch similar in their sound to that of bagpipes.

Hurdy Gurdy (also known as the wheel fiddle), The strings are sounded by a wheel which the strings pass over. Its functionality can be compared to that of a mechanical violin, in that its bow (wheel) is turned by a crank. Its distinctive sound is mainly because of its "drone strings" which provide a constant pitch similar in their sound to that of bagpipes.

Baroque Lute

Baroque Lute

The Utley Collection Custom Shop trumpet (NMM 7316) by Andy Taylor, Norwich, 1998.

The Utley Collection Custom Shop trumpet (NMM 7316) by Andy Taylor, Norwich, 1998.

Sopralto Braithophone -  an instrument combining soprano and alto sax into one horn, invented by musician George Braith.

Sopralto Braithophone - an instrument combining soprano and alto sax into one horn, invented by musician George Braith.

Musical Instruments Russia

Musical Instruments Russia

The Hurdy Gurdy

The Hurdy Gurdy

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