Was this post made duringg the creation of the harpeggi original version? It had another name originally. Was THIS him trying to see how to make it?
I want to make one. i dont have 6000 bucks. I want to start with an autoharp and go from there. Swap the strins, and thats how i found this site and that link. Did he give it away on this board in 2008? the harpejji has bass and lead strings. was this him trying to learn without giving his idea away too much?
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2014 22:44:37 GMT -5 by khanflomah
No, sorry to say, but that long-ago poster was not the inventor of the harpejji. We had more discussions on that instrument, in fact I was the first on this Forum to mention it, shortly after it was first played in public, back in 2007. I'm not gonna go find the thread just now, it's not important to your question.
However, if you were to do a Google for 'harpejji history', you be whisked straight away to www.marcodi.com, wherein you'd learn that the modern version of that instrument was patented in 2007 by one Tim Meeks*, but it was nearly a decade in the making. Interesting reading, to say the least.
I'm sure that janusjones was nothing more than a very enthusiastic amateur builder what "had an idea" in his head, and like you, was looking for leads on how to bring his idea to fruition. Sadly, we can't provide much help in actually building one, but amongst us Nutz, there is a sizable pool of guitar building talent - I'd like to think that we could at least keep you out of trouble, should you wade into these deep waters.
* To the best of my knowledge, TM has never registered or posted here.
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Let's continue past the fine detective work Sumgai did and look at the principle of operation of the Autoharp and the Harpejji. They are very different from one another.
Autoharp: - The strings are plucked or strummed. - Each string rings out a single note and is never altered by fretting to change the note. - One string, one and only one note. - The "auto" part of the name comes from a series of mute bars. - Each mute bar is a felt strip, notched to allow only selected strings the freedom of movement. - The particular strings allowed to ring when a particular mute bar is engaged, form a chord.
Harpejji: - The strings are "hammered on" by your fingers, past a fret. - This is the same process as "tapping" a guitar or the action of a Hohner Clavinet. - Like a guitar, each string can sound a multitude of notes depending on where the strings are fretted. - Chords can be played up to as many notes as you have fingers on both hands.
Which of these two instruments are you intending to make?