The Five Most Unique Instruments of the Musical World

Just when you learned a few chords on the guitar or piano and thought they were the coolest musical instruments ever, we came up with this list that would just blow you away. They are unique, one of a kind and are absolutely awesome!

 

  • The World’s Largest Lithophone/ Great Stalacpipe Organ

Stalacpipe_Organ_ImageA Lithophone is a musical instrument that consists of a rock or pieces of rock that produce musical notes when struck together. This instrument is not only located inside a cave, it is built out of the cave itself. The instrument or organ is comprised of 37 stalactites that are spread over a 3.5 acre area in the Luray caverns of Virginia.When a key is pressed on the organ, a mallet strikes one of the many stalactites spread over the cave and a specific note is produced. This note then resounds throughout the 64 acres of caverns and was the brainchild of Leyland Sprinkle. He spent three years shaving off stalactites to achieve perfect notes and sounds to produce the organ that exists to this day.

 

  • The Nano guitar

Guitars are cool, you know? You think of the romantic Italian crooning to your on his guitar or the hot 71910-original-1blooded Spaniard playing a peppy number. Whichever way you look at it, a guitarist draws attention – and the right kind – if he or she is any good. To up the coolness factor, Dustin Carr of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility created the Nano guitar in 1997. Yes, you heard correct – it’s so small, you can’t see it, forget about plucking the strings slowly.The size of a red blood cell, you need to fire a laser to hit the strings. Alas, it’s so small you won’t be able to hear a note – but hey, it’s still cool!

 

  • The Lego Harpsichord

legoharp1We loved it as kids; we also lost many of the pieces as kids. That being said, the incredibly patient Henry Lim took 2 years to construct this Harpsichord and it’s no small thing either. Forget about those little planes and structure we made as kids. This weighs 150 lbs so it’s not like you can sneak it away under your jacket. It has 61 keys and its strings exert a pressure of over 325 lbs of tension.By the by, He actually set out to create a piano, but that turned out to be too ambitious a project and settled for making a harpsichord instead. In case you’re wondering, a harpsichord is the pre-cursor to the piano. It goes without saying; this special harpsichord is not mass produced. If you want one, you gotta build it yourself.

 

  • The Laser Harp

If you think of the coolest musical instruments, a harp wouldn’t be one of La Nuit des chercheurs 2013 vous emmène à la découverte des mondes inconnus
them. But give me one of these any day! Instead of traditional strings, it has lasers. When a laser beam is broken, a corresponding sound is produced. While the number of notes you can play is limited by the number of lasers, you can create the sound through digital manipulation, dance or even the simply plucking ‘Plink-Ploink’. You’ll have to get these ordered by laser harp enthusiast Steve Holby.

 

  • The Zeusaphone

zeusaphoneWait, What? Think lightening; think the God of Thunder and perhaps you’ll be close to what it actually is.  A play on Zeus and a sousaphone, this is basically a tesla coil that is harnessed to produce musical notes. It works by discharging sparks that are digitally modulated to produce musical notes.
Only simple chords are possible to be produced due to the spark’s passage in the air – but this is as close to magic as it gets.


The Most Expensive Musical Instruments in the World and their Makers

Little did we know when we took guitar, piano or violin lessons when we were younger that the instruments would cost so much. Perhaps we were privy to that knowledge we would’ve taken the lessons more seriously. Or perhaps that just wishful thinking. But with high quality comes higher prices. Here are some of the most expensive musical instruments in the world.

  • The Hammer Violin by Antonio Stradivari

Anyone who’s anyone in the music world will know of this famous Italian Hammer-Violin-Antonio-Stradivariluthier. His musical instruments that he crafted are of exceptional quality and are renowned the world over. Only a few hundred of his creations exist to this day and the Hammer violin is considered to be the best of them all. This violin comes with a price tag of $3,544,000 and was owned by a 19th century Swedish collector named Christian Hammer – thus the name the Hammer Violin. After changing hands for a while, Japanese violinist Kyoko Takezawa used the violin for 12 years before it was eventually sold off in an auction.

 

  • “Blackie” Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster Guitar by Fenderfe9213000225-xl-02

Priced at a staggering $959,500, the ‘Blackie’ is actually a composite of three different Fender
Stratocasters which were built during the 1950’s. Even more unbelievable is that the guitars were bought at Nashville at rock bottom prices because they were out of fashion at that time! ‘Slowhands’ aka Eric Clapton used the guitar for 15 years before it sold off for a world record price at an auction.

  • OM-45 Deluxe Guitar by C.F. Martin and Company

allThe renowned guitar maker C.F. Martin and Company is known by
musicians the world over and they have been creating guitars in America since the 19th Century. The guitars produced by this company are favorites of country singers as they are best known for their acoustic guitars with steel strings. Only 15 pieces of the OM-45 Deluxe was produced in 1930, and the singing cowboy Roy Rogers owned one of them. In 2009 it was decided to sell off the guitar and although they hoped to get $250,000 for it, it exceeded all expectations and sold for twice that amount for $554,500.

  • Viola by Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo

Firstly, anything that is centuries old commands a good price. If a musical instrument is made by a renowned violainstrument maker and is still in mint condition, the instrument is guaranteed to fetch a high price. Famed Italian instrument maker Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo created only 60 instruments in his lifetime. They are known for the superb quality of his work and one of his violas fetched $542,000 at an auction.

  • Violoncello by Gennaro Gagliano

If you come from a family who specializes in making stringed m330.00006extrainstruments, you’re bound to be good at what you do. Although there were initial debates whether Gagliano did create the violoncello in 1765, experts analyzed the style, pattern, design and materials of the item to prove its authenticity and once it was declared to be a Gagliano original, it promptly fetched $362,500 at an auction in 2009.

 

 

  • Violin by Carlo Giuseppe Testore

What is it with stringed instruments? They command high prices the world over, especially if they created and designed by a maestro. Musical$_32 instruments made by Carlo Giuseppe Testoro have gained such fame over the years that to this day musicians prefer Testoro made instruments. He was a renowned maker of musical instruments from the late 17th century to the early 18th century and specialized in making violas, double bass, violins and cellos. A violin created by Carlo in 1701 was auctioned off for $218,500.


The Most Iconic Instrument – Making Companies in the World

Music is a beautiful thing, and one that has been appreciated through the ages. It could be said that music is subjective and tastes differ from individual to individual, but the sound of music produced by beautifully crafted instruments cannot be disputed. There is a huge difference between a badly crafted instrument and one that is designed by the masters of the craft. The sound produced from a good instrument can bring tears of joy and can affect people positively. On the other hand, a badly crafted instrument can bring tears – but those of pain. Let’s find out who are the most iconic instrument making companies in the world.

  • Fender

Fender Stratocaster 1976This is an American manufacturer of stringed instruments and musical instruments are known worldwide for the quality of sound it produces. It may be expensive to purchase a Fender product but you have the guarantee that there is no compromise on sound quality. They produce various stringed instruments like guitars, banjos, mandolins and ukuleles and they also produce harmonicas, amplifiers and various audio equipment. Located in California, it also has other affordable brands under its Fender umbrella which are equally well known like Jackson, Charvel, Gretsch, EVH and Squier. Many famous musicians use Fender guitars in their performances.

  • Gibson

Any music lover will recognize the name Gibson. Founded in 1902 bygibson-les-paul-classic
Orville Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this company made mandolin-family instruments in the beginning and invented archtop guitars. It sells guitars under many brand names and is known to be the builder of one of the world’s most iconic guitars – the Gibson Les Paul. Most Gibson instruments are highly collectible and they are known for being on the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars. The Les Paul which is its most popular guitar till date was introduced in 1952.

  • Ibanez

JEM7P_BKThis Japanese guitar brand is based out of Nagoya, Japan and it was one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a foothold in import guitar sales in the US as well as Europe. They were also the first guitar brand to mass produce the seven string and eight string guitar. It is a very well known brand and has produced many signature guitars for various highly accomplished musicians like Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai and more.

  • Bösendorfer

We’ve been talking about guitars because that’s a very social instrument, ee2b2b1b5532bfc4a839c571b0f06043but when it comes to pianos, it’s a whole new different ball game. Created in Vienna, Austria, this company has been building handmade pianos for nearly two centuries since 1828. If you are looking for grand pianos in today’s market, this company is ranked amongst the best to produce the best concert grands in the world. Bösendorfer developed the Imperial Grand which has 97 keys, an extension of the typical 88 key keyboard which was originally a custom piece for Ferruccio Busoni but soon was added to their common product offerings.

  • Antonio Stradivari

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If you’re looking at the best violins to produce hauntingly good music, then Antonio is the most skilled violin maker in the world, according to the BBC. He invented the famous Stradivarius violins in the 17th and 18th centuries and there are still around 500 of his violins in existence, with a few models from between the golden period of 1700 – 1725 being the most valuable. His violins had exceptional acoustic properties and due to the fame of his musical instruments, there are many copies that are labeled with the same name ‘Stradivarius’ but with inferior sound quality. He also crafted other stringed instruments like cellos, guitars, violas and harps.