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Organ hurdy-gurdy (vielle organisée), César Pons, Grenoble, late 18th century

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Object name
Maker
Date
late 18th century
Place
Object number
RCM0122

Description

Organ hurdy-gurdy (vielle organisée) with guitar-form body; composite and modified. Front, mahogany, in two sections; tail section, holding wheel and bridges, is arched. Two C-shaped soundholes at tail. Rib on exposed side is of five strips, three of maple and two of ?satinwood, separated by holly and ebony lines. Rib on player’s side is of one piece of walnut; ebony strip in rib joint at tail. Detachable walnut baseboard. The hurdy-gurdy portion of the instrument appears to be a conventional six-stringed instrument, with pegs for four drones and two chanterelles, but in fact the pegbox, wheel, crank and some other parts are re-used from another instrument. Only three pegs were used. The organ part consists of two stops, one of 23 stopped pipes and the other of 24 open pipes.

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Dimensions

Length: 799mm. Width: 334mm. Height: 326mm.

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