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Instead of being built with wood or metal, this unique xylophone (or rather, Lithophone), uses pieces of hornfels stone for sounding bars. Called the Musical Stones of Skiddaw, it is said to have been constructed in 1785 by Peter Crosthwaite, who found the stones near his home. Kind of like building a driftwood xylophone, but way more permanent. I’d love to see one in concert with a glass armonica, but fear it could lead to a disaster. [via notcot]

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  1. Don says:

    I think a joke about the old movie “What’s Up, Doc” is in order.

  2. Toby says:

    Chinese “chime stones” were in use almost 4,000 years ago.

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