This unusual instrument, a cello/piano hybrid invented by Leonardo da Vinci, finally gained material form – after more than 500 years after its invention! It happened thanks to Slawomir Zubrzycki, a Polish pianist who built this instrument using da Vinci’s sketches and notes (Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume collection of manuscripts and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci).
The instrument is called “viola organista” and looks like a grand piano with 61 keys. The principal difference from the piano is that inside the body there are rotating wheels with strings which are connected to the keyboard. When you press the key and pedal connected to the crankshaft, the instrument produces a rich, sonorous tone, reminiscent of the cello, organ and even the accordion.
Viola organista made by Sławomir Zubrzycki:
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