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Unformatted text preview: Ample iconographic evidence Ample iconographic evidence exists to demonstrate that small strung keyboard instruments were quite common in medieval times. A number of surviving texts either state or imply that one manner of exciting the strings was by striking them with some kind of hammer mechanism. Chief among these sources is Arnaut de Zwolle’s well-known manuscript, which describes a number of di8erent instrument layouts as well three di8erent plucking actions and a simplistic hammered action. Arnaut’s text has provided a great source of inspiration for modern makers wishing to recreate such instruments, due to its relatively high degree of detail. However, precisely because it is the only such source, his solitary vision has also acted as a conceptual straightjacket, essentially discouraging any serious consideration of credible alternatives. 6e purpose of this study is to explore the territory beyond Arnaut, with the ultimate aim of imagining a new design for a hammered keyboard instrument not based on any one extant source, but nonetheless within the con2nes of medieval musical instrument making. 6e primary aspects of such an instrument— the stringing, the action, and the structure—are considered from two di8erent angles: 2rst, in the light of what hints the scant extant information provides about what probably was done; and second, in terms of what would have been possible considering what is known about general medieval mechanical and structural technology and metallurgy. 6is dual-pronged approach opens up the 2eld to a broader range of possibilities, from among which one particular set of solutions has been chosen for a hypothetical reconstruction. ...
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