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What is this ugly little stringy thingy???

Posted by thecowpokepicker on Friday, January 29, 2010

I know we're all just a bunch of banjo pickers, but some of us know about other strings...

Well, I bought this little thing for ten bucks; we just call it Little Ugly because that's what it is. I just thought it was cool because it... well, you know what I mean. I have no clue what it is, though.

I have asked a lot of musicians what it could be, and these were the answers:

1) I don't know.

2) ...zither... wait, I don't think it's an autoharp... I... ughh...

3) huh?

4) What are we talking about again?

So, that was no use.. So, does anybody here know? It is at least 25 years old and it has 'Edwards 2 Sisters' on the back. I don't really know! It appears to be a lap instrument like a dulcimer, though.

Thanks, yall!



9 comments on “What is this ugly little stringy thingy???”

pilotdavems Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @8:42:56 PM

That's a definitely strange lookin' little thing. But my wife bought a similar object at a garage sale a couple months ago, and it was called a lap harp by the lady that she bought it from. The lady said they got it on a trip to....................Missouri. Branson, I believe. Anyway, it plays real easy, and in just a few minutes, we had 4 different people playing songs on it !! Well, have a good day, and I'll try to find some of you pickin', and give it a listen. I'm so glad you are learning bluegrass music.
Dave and Beverly Blevins

Ks_5-picker Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @9:12:19 PM

you hang it on the front door,and when you shut the door it plays itself...........really.

pilotdavems Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @9:13:33 PM

That's cool. Where can I get one ?

banjo shirl Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @9:57:08 PM

It's called a door chime.

RatLer Says:
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @1:47:44 AM

Hmmm...wonder what tunes it can play...

Oldpiper Says:
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @8:04:53 AM

Doesn't look pre-war to me.

Horseshoot Says:
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @1:24:00 PM

I think it is a chime for the door. Looks similar to a lapharp, but they do not have the hammers, I believe.

FisherPicker Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @6:42:05 AM

We call them "door harps"

thecowpokepicker Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @8:05:22 AM

Thanks, everybody! Well, whatever it is, I don't think I'd hang it on a door :)! One musician said that you can hit those bars with dulcimer hammers and get a double sound out of it...
Thanks
Bailey

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