The player typically strums the chords with the left hand. The right hand plays the melody strings by depressing spring steel strips that hold small lead hammers over the strings. A brief stab on a metal strip bounces the hammer off a string pair to produce a single note. Holding the strip down makes the hammer bounce on the double strings, which produces a mandolin-like tremolo. The bounce rate is somewhat fixed, as it is based on the spring steel strip length, hammer weight, and string tensionbut a player can increase the rate slightly by pressing higher on the strip, effectively moving its pivot point closer to the lead hammer.Numerically coded sheet music prepared specifically for the Marxophone indicates when and in what order to play melody and chord strings. This type of music, similar to tablature, was produced for those who could not read standard notation. A rectangular piece of metal provides a backstop for the spring steel hammers, displays the name Marxophone and the patent number, and has clips that hold sheet music. It also marks the 15 keys by letter C, D, etc. , by number (1-15) and in standard musical notation. When the instrument is moved or stored, the metal rectangle bends down, holding the keys against the strings. The item "ANTIQUE MARXOPHONE Marxo Pianophone Autoharp Zither Harp Chord Autoharp" is in sale since Friday, January 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\String\Folk & World\Autoharps & Zithers". The seller is "thisandthatandbeauticontrol" and is located in Hull, Georgia.
This item can be shipped to United States.