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Dremel rotary finger bow

Spin little bows and make music with them.
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The original hurdy-gurdy was a medieval instrument which used a handle-driven rotary bow to play strings. Consider now a straight stick bow. You have to move it back and forth. And it is a line so it can only intercept one string at once; two if you are lucky. Other strings are silent, waiting their turn.

The dremel rotary bow attaches small motor driven wheels to each finger. Each wheel can serve as a bow when applied to a string; each string gets to sing a constant note instead of a blurting bleat on being strummed. Bowed chords involving all strings become possible. A new era of music dawns!

You shaggy folks: pull all that artistic hair back before you turn on your finger bows. If you get your hair tangled in one the music will stop.

bungston, Jul 28 2015

Geigenwerk https://de.wikipedi...wiki/Streichklavier
Automated version [pocmloc, Jul 28 2015]

Baked http://www.gizmotron.com
[doctorremulac3, Jul 28 2015]

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       Not a projectile weapon, then ?
8th of 7, Jul 28 2015
  

       I need a visual.
blissmiss, Jul 28 2015
  

       This is much closer to a Geigenwerk than to ordinary bowed strings. I would say this invention is to a Geigenwerk, as a harp is to a harpsichord, or as hammered dulcimer is to piano. But I believe it is a genuinely new invention, which would work, a true rarity in organology, so [+]
pocmloc, Jul 28 2015
  

       Believe it or not, very baked. I always wanted one of these but they were almost impossible to get back when I was a young rock star. I see that they've re- introduced them though.   

       The name of this device is, of course, the Gizmotron. (see link)
doctorremulac3, Jul 28 2015
  

       Ok very good [dr]. But the Gizmotron's wheels are not finger-mounted, so it is really just a 6 string geigenwerk, is it not?
pocmloc, Jul 28 2015
  

       Doc, the gizmotron interface looks like a bunch of Qtips. Do they spin?
bungston, Jul 28 2015
  

       Yes, It had 6 spinning wheels that hit the string when you push their corresponding actuator key.   

       The gizmotron was keyboard mounted to I guess the idea of putting the rollers on individual fingers is novel. Not sure if that would be a bonus or hindrance though. The sound is amazing. Like I said, always wanted one.   

       The electro magnetic version, the "E-bow" was the method we used in my day. This was a little hand held device that generated a modulating magnetic field that would set the string to vibrating when you held it close.
doctorremulac3, Jul 28 2015
  

       //bonus or hindrance// neither, just different.
pocmloc, Jul 28 2015
  
      
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