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Nnckelharpa

Nyckelharpa

The Nyckelharpa is a Swedish keyed fiddle dating back to the middle ages. It has four playing strings and twelve sympathetic strings. Each sympathetic string is tuned to a different chromatic note, making the instrument extremely resonant in every key. Tangents attached to keys are pressed against the playing strings to change the pitch and it has a range of three and a half octaves, from C below middle C.