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    The ORIGINAL "Lap Piano"?



    I'm in love.
    (With the theorbo, that is...)
    Al
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    Wow, that was beautiful, Al!! Beautiful playing, instrument, and venue for sure. Thanks for sharing that one!!
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    Very nice! Beautiful playing...

    Wonder what strings he uses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Very nice! Beautiful playing...

    Wonder what strings he uses?

    walrus
    Great question.
    I'm guessing with sales quickly approaching tens of units per year, all the big makers would be jumping into the market.
    But a quick search shows LaBella as the lone wolf in the market, for complete-in-one sets.
    I bet it'd be a great candidate for silk strings:
    http://www.silkqin.com/03qobj/silk.htm
    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    But a quick search shows LaBella as the lone wolf in the market, for complete-in-one sets.
    Yes, pretty much any strings that are a little off the beaten track and LaBella will probably have them.
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    The lower strings must be drones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    The lower strings must be drones.
    Not in the sense of drone strings such as found in Indian instruments like the sitar, which resonate sympathetically and aren't plucked.
    But you just taught me that technically, according to another definition, they are drone strings since they only play one pitch.
    From here:
    https://richardsweeney.com/everythin...afraid-to-ask/
    "The long bass strings of a theorbo also called diapasons are played with the thumb of the right hand and are never stopped with the left hand. The top strings are played with both hands, where the left hand makes the chord shapes and the right hand plucks the appropriate strings, like a guitar. Historically, the theorbo could be played with or without fingernails."
    From here:
    https://musicterms.artopium.com/d/Drone.htm
    "A drone can also be a string or pipe that sounds a single pitch."
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    Too bad Graham isn't hanging out here anymore. I'd love to see what his photoshop skills could do with a "Guild Lap Piano"!
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    We had plenty of lap pianos in the '80s!



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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    We had plenty of lap pianos in the '80s!



    On the bottom photo it says "Custom Blonde example" - is that the keyboard or the player?

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