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Downstairs in Hall E is an interesting place at Namm... it's where you find the smaller stands, and companies with more 'experimental' products on display.
And one such product was the Wheelharp, from LA-based company Antiquity Music. Looking like a cross between a piece of antique furniture, a steampunk prop from the Van Helsing movie, and a hurry-gurdy, it is most definitely in pole position for the strangest and possibly most wondrous instrument of the show so far...
We grabbed a quick run-through with creator Mitchell Manger - enjoy!
Looks and sounds more like an April Fools Day joke...
25-Jan-13 11:26 AM
Though I can't quite see a use beyond atmospheric soundtracks, it certainly is an interesting instrument....
25-Jan-13 02:18 PM
Interesting instrument... Sounded like it hadn't been tuned properly though. Looks like something a Bond Villain would play.
25-Jan-13 03:26 PM
Damon Albarn will be straight over with his cheque book.
26-Jan-13 11:12 AM
...good luck keeping that in tune !! Though a hot n humid place like Namm showrooms are its enemy...
26-Jan-13 11:51 AM
At the very minimum it's a handmade (in the US!) work of art that clearly will be produced in limited numbers and will likely become valuable as a collector's peice one day.
26-Jan-13 02:43 PM
You should have been there - the sound was effing amazing.
27-Jan-13 01:35 PM
Strut your stuff onstage with the updated Alesis Vortex with wireless USB MIDI
Updated version of the BLUE virtual instrument will be on show