Other Instrument Manufacturers and Makers

Other instruments eh? - well theres a huge undertaking on its own. What I hope to do is put together a list of lesser known but still valid folkie type instruments that have found their way in to our ever widening musical genre. Being a strings player myself, many of these may be biased towards that idiom - but only because of my lack of knowledge. There are probably loads of you out there playing scroggum pumps or weazel-horns or other mythical beasts - if so LET ME KNOW ! (by the way, there are no such instruments as scroggum pumps or weazel-horns - unless you know different !

Here are a few interesting items I have found, played or discovered myself.

 

www.smokeymountaindulcimer.com

Owned a run by Blaine Horlocker, the Smokey Mountain Dulcimer Works makes a variety of top-class dulcimers. He was taught by his grandfather up in the smokey mountains how to make musical instruments. He makes a fine array of other instruments as well, such as the ever popular strum stick

The Strum Stick - These instruments play like a Mountain Dulcimer. They use numbers to play songs. You only put your finger on the bottom string and strum all 3, you will have a beautiful sound, none like you ever heard.

These instruments have been found in the Smokey Mountains for a lot of years. No body knows exactly where or how they became but our mountain folks are very inventive people and we can only guess.

 

 

www.sounding-bowls.com

Melody Bowls

Unique instruments unseen in world history yet possessing a wonderful resonance and long sustain. The notes from these instruments are clear and bright, larger instruments produce a good volume with rich overtones subtly woven from the open stringing. The inner curve of the bowl produces a focussed sound that can be miked up or simply projected onto an audience.

Apart from their performance value as used by both poets and singers these instruments also have a powerful and strange tendency to open peoples hearts. For this reason music therapists and healers also use Sounding Bowls of various designs. As a performer you may experience a remarkable audience response using a Sounding Bowl

 

Email their maker for more pictures and full information

or visit his slightly outdated website.

Tobias@SoundingBowls.com

www.SoundingBowls.com


Tobias Kaye Sounding Bowls
The Workshop,
11 Lower Dean,
BUCKFASTLEIGH,
Devon,
TQ11 0LS, England.

Phone: +44 (0) 1364 64 28 37
email: Tobias@SoundingBowls.com