Ardival Kinellan Large Mediaeval Clarsach, 30 Brass Strings
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The Kinnellan is a large renaissance wire-strung clarsach, based on the image in Praetorius's Syntagma Musicum of 1619, labelled "Irish harp with brass strings". It shows an undecorated large low-headed harp with brass cheek bands on a thick string arm, a huge soundbox with three pairs of sound holes and a reinforced pillar. The Kinnellan is made entirely of sycamore, likewise having brass cheek bands, a hollowed-out soundbox, an exterior integral string band, brass string shoes and a pillar reinforced with a T-section. The range of thirty strings is taken from the string scheme published by Edward Bunting in 1840, having just over four octaves running from bass C up to treble d'''. Six silver strings provide a rich bass, supporting the remaining brass strings.
The Kinnellan is named after a loch near Strathpeffer containing a crannog -- an ancient artificial island used as a defensive dwelling.
Strings: 6 silver + 24 brass
Width (across soundbox) 36 cm; Depth (from end of string arm to back of soundbox) 59 cm; Length (from end of string arm to base of pillar) 102 cm
Weight: 7.1 kg