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The clavicytherium has its strings and soundboard placed perpendicularly in front of the player just like the upright piano. On the other hand, the spinet has its strings set at a 30 degree angle from the keyboard. The folding harpsichord is the version of the harpsichord that is suitable for travel. Some lyres are bowed while most of these are plucked. It is regularly played by strumming with a pick similar to a guitar rather than plucking it like a harp. Based on Greek mythology, the lyre was made from a khelus or tortoise shell covered with horns of the antelope and animal skin by Hermes. It is also said to represent the Apollonian virtues which are equilibrium and moderation. Then, think about putting a cylinder with a mouthpiece of a regular clarinet at the top on one section and for the other section, imagine placing the alto-clarinet bell. That is how an octavin would roughly look like. A change to the octavin During the young twentieth century, it would seem that the odd shape of the octavin has caught the negative attention of a few instrument designers. The Amir Khusru of the 1300 AD was a popular personality and is an image for the Hindustani Sangeet. However, this theory has no historical basis because there was no evidence of the existence of the sitar before the fall of the Moghul Empire. Another theory is that the ancient veenas like the rudra vina were the parents of the sitar. The reed is made of cane. This cane is folded and attached to a short tube called staple which is placed in the wooden pipe s top. Access to the high notes comes with enormous difficulty because of the lack of reed control of wind capped instruments. Its range only encompasses the fundamental sounds made by consecutive opening of the horizontal holes. Playing the clavichord A key is pushed down to play a clavichord s note. Pressing one end causes the other end which is inside to come up. This end has a tangent, a metallic thin blade, which strikes the respective string. Until the player releases the key, the tangent remains touching the string and produces sound. 

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