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    That's really awesome! Never even heard of a theorbo before!

    But I have to say, that is one of the most impractical, fragile instruments I've ever seen. That neck is so long and thin... I'd go out of my mind with worry if I ever had to take one somewhere. For that matter, how do you even tune the long strings? Probably need help. Wow, just wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    That's really awesome! Never even heard of a theorbo before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    But I have to say, that is one of the most impractical, fragile instruments I've ever seen. That neck is so long and thin... I'd go out of my mind with worry if I ever had to take one somewhere. For that matter, how do you even tune the long strings? Probably need help. Wow, just wow!
    And imagine how much fun they had before the invention of tuning forks.

    What really got to me though is just how piano-like the thing actually sounds, at least on my tube and little PC speakers, although they are Altecs
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    I meant, how do you even reach the pegs to tune it?

    And, agreed that it does sound kind of piano-like. Although to my ears it was more harp-like than piano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    I meant, how do you even reach the pegs to tune it?
    I know, it was just a great opportunity.
    I'm sure in medieval times all you had to do was draft the nearest handy serf to hold the thing for you.
    Because, like, after all, if you could afford one of those things you obviously lived in the castle, not in the peat.
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