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date: 22 November 2019


  • Laurence Libin


Registered trademark for a novel amplified dulcimer invented by the keyboardist and audio engineer Tim Meeks and produced since 2008 by Marcodi Musical Products of Baltimore, Maryland. The Harpejji, named for its capacity for arpeggiation, is played by tapping its 24 guitar-type strings with all ten fingers against its rectangular (96.5 by 34.3 cm) 13-ply maple ‘playing interface’, which is fitted with piezo pickups and bass and treble preamps. The instrument rests more or less horizontally on an adjustable stand with the strings pointing away from the player. 15 lateral fret bars define a matrix of tapping positions that are colour coded to mimic the black-and-white arrangement of a keyboard. Scale fingering is isomorphic, and spacing allows one hand to span a two-octave interval; the total range is five octaves. As on a guitar, direct string contact allows vibrato, glissando, muting, and other expressive nuances. The concept was derived from the StarrBoard, patented in ...

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