Description from Amazon USA : The Psalmodikon is a one string instrument that comes to us from Norway and Sweden. In the early 19th century violins were not allowed in Scandinavian churches because they were used to accompany dancing. Most rural churches couldn't afford a piano or an organ. So this simple instrument, along with a numbered notation system called Sifferskrift, became a popular way to teach hymns to the congregation.
Our design is based on the psalmodikon of Norwegian immigrant Gurina Winkjer who brought her psalmodikon to America in 1860. Our instrument is 31-3/4" long, 3-1/2" wide, 2" tall and weighs 1-1/2 pounds . The single string is tuned to G below Middle C. It has laminated cherry back and sides and a solid spruce soundboard.
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