The Scattervarius violin-guitar 2009

Built by a chap called Scatter Lee, the Scattervarius is an artistic and ingenious take on the electric Stradivarius. Elements of the famous Cremona violin maker’s design have been mixed with the traditional necessities of the electric guitar, such as

The Scattervarius violin-guitar 2009

Built by a chap called Scatter Lee, the Scattervarius is an artistic and ingenious take on the electric Stradivarius. Elements of the famous Cremona violin maker’s design have been mixed with the traditional necessities of the electric guitar, such as

Chickering & Sons Square Grand Piano 1838

Boston based Chickering & Sons were the largest piano makers in the United States up until Steinway overtook them in the 1860s. They introduced several innovations for the instrument, such as adding a large metal plate to give structural support

Chickering & Sons Square Grand Piano 1838

Boston based Chickering & Sons were the largest piano makers in the United States up until Steinway overtook them in the 1860s. They introduced several innovations for the instrument, such as adding a large metal plate to give structural support

Wandervogel 6-string lute 1920s

A youth movement sprang up in Germany around 1900, similar to the Boy Scouts, which encouraged healthy back-to-nature adventures in the forests and mountains. Part of the movement’s ethos emphasised pride in the romantic mythology of Germany’s Teutonic roots. To

Wandervogel 6-string lute 1920s

A youth movement sprang up in Germany around 1900, similar to the Boy Scouts, which encouraged healthy back-to-nature adventures in the forests and mountains. Part of the movement’s ethos emphasised pride in the romantic mythology of Germany’s Teutonic roots. To

Cigar box guitars

Cigar box guitars have been around since at least the 1870s but have become utterly ubiquitous on the internet during the last ten years. In the ten years before that, I doubt if anyone had seen, heard, or even thought about

Cigar box guitars

Cigar box guitars have been around since at least the 1870s but have become utterly ubiquitous on the internet during the last ten years. In the ten years before that, I doubt if anyone had seen, heard, or even thought about

Aucher Frères Captain’s Piano 1850

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the French company of Aucher Frères pioneered strengthening the wooden frames of ship’s pianos with metal beams. This example is from 1850 and again we see the classic folding keyboard, lifting up into the

Aucher Frères Captain’s Piano 1850

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the French company of Aucher Frères pioneered strengthening the wooden frames of ship’s pianos with metal beams. This example is from 1850 and again we see the classic folding keyboard, lifting up into the

Montague ship’s upright 1930s

Another ship’s piano, but unlike most, this one has both pedals. It’s a tidy little machine that disappears entirely when the cabinet doors are closed — after which I would defy anyone to guess its contents. And at 73 notes,

Montague ship’s upright 1930s

Another ship’s piano, but unlike most, this one has both pedals. It’s a tidy little machine that disappears entirely when the cabinet doors are closed — after which I would defy anyone to guess its contents. And at 73 notes,

Schindler Yacht Piano 1950

  Ever since I had a fake wooden piano case built for my electronic keyboard, I’ve been fascinated by smaller sized pianos. Since we used parts from a real piano to make it, I feel like I’m playing a miniature

Schindler Yacht Piano 1950

  Ever since I had a fake wooden piano case built for my electronic keyboard, I’ve been fascinated by smaller sized pianos. Since we used parts from a real piano to make it, I feel like I’m playing a miniature