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Arietta - a predecessor of the Symphonetta?

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I came across this instrument in Neil Wayne's concertina museum. Badged Arietta with a German patent number, it plays bass on the left hand bellows box, and the metal "crossbars" on the right can be used, with difficulty, to get a melody.... Has anyone any more information on these and their relative success as a playing instrument? I guess Stephen Chambers might!


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Thanks, for all the research, perhaps the title should have been 

"Arietta - inspired by the Symphonetta"!


Maybe the makers thought that a cheaper (presumption) and simpler instrument would appeal to a wider customer base?

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From the patent document I understand it uses the system of the "well-known Menzenhauescher Zithern" to facilitate untrained players to play a simple melody.

That zither seems to use tune sheets lying under the strings, showing what string to play next.


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10 hours ago, SIMON GABRIELOW said:

Here's another combined instrument ( shown in one of my reference books).. a sort of combined spinet with Regal ( bellows operated organ) on the opposite end!..



It seems to me that whereas the ARIETTA was designed to be played by one person this has to be played by two.


Also, the spinet side has a flap to fold over the keyboard, the top folds down and then! the two parts fold together ( are those hinges I can see on the centre join? ) you tuck it under your arm and of you go to your next gig!



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