Vintage Dolceola Unique and Rare Musical Instrument. Needs a lot of work. Laminate is missing in places (see photos)...I have no idea of the mechanics of the thing. But it is heavy and large. In order to ensure that it arrives safely, I will bring it to a professional shop (Like the UPS store) to have them package it. A dolceola is a musical instrument resembling a miniature piano, but which is in fact a zither with a keyboard.
It is used in traditional holy blues and has an unusual, angelic, music-box sound. Dolceolas were made by the Toledo Symphony Company from 1903 to 1907. Paul Mason Howard accompanied Lead Belly on dolceola on some of his 1944 Capitol Records sides.
A listen to those recordings, collected under the title Grasshoppers In My Pillow, reveals the characteristic clatter of the dolceola's three-level keyboard action. The gospel and gospel blues musician Washington Phillips (18801954) has been said to have played a dolceola on his recordings, but his instrument was in fact called a "dulceola", and was a home-made fingered fretless zither.
Alex Turner of English band Arctic Monkeys plays the dolceola on the band's 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The item "Vintage Dolceola Rare Musical Instrument Autoharp Zither Hybrid -Needs Work" is in sale since Friday, January 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Pianos & Keyboards\Other Vintage Pianos". The seller is "gluedtotheset" and is located in Madison, Wisconsin.This item can be shipped to United States.