Crazy glass armonica


This “glass armonica” a banned musical instrument apparently “causes insanity” – I’m not sure about that but it’s gorgeous looking and sounding… (more about it at the Wikipedia too).

11 thoughts on “Crazy glass armonica

  1. Jamie says:

    The old glass armonicas were made out of leaded crystal so the people who played them a lot would get lead poisoning. Thus, the craziness.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Made me go insane; but then, what do I know. I’m insane.

  3. Tyler says:

    Haahahah, thanks guys! You guys rock!

  4. JTony says:

    Wasn’t this invented by Ben Franklin?

  5. JTony says:

    I guess if I read the Wikipedia link I’d know that, yes, it was invented by Ben Franklin.

  6. Joel says:

    We’ve seen Dean Shostak play this thing every holiday season for the past four or five years. It’s truly a haunting and fascinating performance.

    He’s added other glass instruments over the years. He now plays a 100% glass violin on stage as well.

    There was a rumor of a glass Cello. But I don’t know how that’s going.

  7. Anonymous says:

    here a link to a virual glass armonica

  8. Donna Rodgers says:

    I just made a simple one and can already play beautiful songs on it. This is so addictive!! I need to find a good tutorial on how to glue these down properly. You can make much stronger sounds if you hold the glasses firmly..but I like doing chording.

  9. nitrous dude says:

    Any ideas about how the various glass “notes” are tuned?

  10. Richard Corey says:

    Very early instruments were made of leaded glass, and the insanity was caused by absorption of the lead through the fingers when playing the instrument. Lead is a neurotoxin.

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