As a Christmas gift to all Pianoteq customers, the company are offering a cimbalom add-on, the latest addition to their KIViR family of virtually restored historical instruments. The instrument, of oriental ancestry, can be regarded as the precursor of the piano. Here's the details from Pianoteq... Cimbalom: KovÃ¡cs
This is a physically modelled virtual copy of cimbalom BalÃ¡zs KovÃ¡cs (2007).
The cimbalom belongs to the ancestor psaltery, quoted in the bible. The psaltery was later developed into different variants which differed in sound but were similar in their constructive concept. One of these, the cimbalom, was a constant member of gypsy orchestras. Legs and a damper pedal were soon added to the instrument and it reached the status of concert instrument in the 19th Century, thanks to Ferenc Erkel and Franz Liszt.
Contrarily to the piano, pressing down a key does not lift the corresponding damper. Hence, unless the pedal is depressed, all notes are immediately dampened. Pricing and Availability:
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