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date: 08 December 2019

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A device equivalent to a keyed cello, invented by the violinist Edmond Julien de Vlaminck and Paul Limonier and patented on 18 December 1892. Intended to facilitate accurate intonation, it consists of a rectangular case or frame holding a keyboard of three and a half octaves that is mounted over the ‘fingerboard’ of a horizontally mounted cello with altered neck. The strings (one or more) are stopped by means of the keys, operated by the left hand, while the seated player bows with a conventional bow held in the right hand. A smaller model using a viola was also built; the case was 80 cm long, 25 cm wide and 28 cm high, and the keyboard encompasses two and a half octaves. Similar instruments were later built by Egide Dausaert and Victor Mazel of Brussels....

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