Rubab is a lute-like musical instrument originally from central Afghanistan and Pakistan. The rubab is a short-necked lute whose body is carved out of a single piece of wood, with a membrane, covering the hollow bowl of the sound-chamber, upon which the bridge is positioned.
19th Century Edward Light Harp Lute
A very finely inlaid Harp Lute possiblly by Edward Light. This fine stringed instrument stands on its own and is in relatively good condition for its age. The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted strings. The pitch of the bass strings could be raised a semitone by finger-operated ring stops that work very much like pedals on a harp. The prototype of harp-lutes is presumably ‘the harp-guitar’ and Edward Light is generally known as the…
Ringing in Tuba Christmas with the Bellophone
Associate Curator Bradley Strauchen-Scherer introduces readers to a Bellophone—a two-belled tuba-euphonium hybrid instrument—recently donated to The Met.