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Tromba Marina


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I was reading Grove's Dictionary of music and musicians

when I came upon a picture of a very interesting

stringed instrument called Tromba Marina, or

Marine Trumpet. It's not a trumpet, but the article

says it sounds something like one. It looks something

like a long oar or boat paddle with one string

stretched along the length of it. It appears to have

a scroll like a member of the violin or viol family.

Also, it is played primarily in natural harmonics

which are typically written on the body thus giving

anyone a reasonable facility of the instrument.

I am curious: how rare are these things and how

easy would it be for me to get one or a couple for

some friends and myself?


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