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bell harp; box zither

Bell harp, box zither. The instrument consists of a shallow box forming a truncated triangle. 16 triple courses of wire strings run from a wrest plank at the narrow end to two half bridges arranged in the shape of an inverted 'V'. A septum divides the box longitudinally into two parts. The upper edges of the walls and the septum are grooved to take two sliding lids, which are inserted from the base and cover the bridges and about 2/3 of the sound-box. The strings are uncovered at their upper ends. At the upper end are two rounded 'horns' that project laterally.

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