Category:Bell harp (zither)

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  • Don Michael Randel , ed. The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians., Cambridge: Harvard University Press (1999), p. 63 ISBN: 9780674000841. Bell harp. A type of zither invented ca. 1700, perhaps by John Simcock of Bath, with 14 to 24 courses of 3 or 4 strings. It was held in both hands, plucked with the thumbs, and swung back and forth while being played. A form manufactured in the 19th century was known as fairy bells.

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