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Invented and patented by Leon Gruenbaum, this is not your ordinary MIDI controller. Each key on the keyboard does not denote a fixed pitch, as it would on a normal keyboard, but rather a change of pitch. For example a key might be the "+1" key, which when pressed would sound the note one higher than the last note played; another might be "-2", and so on. By playing these two keys in rapid succession, for example, one can play a pattern that spirals down the keyboard. Also the user is able to select from a number of scales, including microtonal scales and key signatures. A pattern, or "harmonic contour", once learned, can then be played in any key or scale without needing to relearn fingering.
Owned and played by Jeff Martin from "The Tea Party" Adjustable bass string to bass - baritone - standard scale lengths. Use this unique set up of the 7th string for slide, extension of open tunings, or as a drone string. Andrew has been working with Jeff for some time now, not only on this guitar but on other odds and ends as well. The seventh string on this guitar has evolved from looking into and researching harp guitars. Jeff owns a vintage Gibson harp guitar which is the only one from that year of production that`s still playable. Unlike bass strings on harp guitars which are designed for drone strings or backing, the seventh string on this guitar can also be played with a slide. The scale length can be changed quickly and easily because it is a floating string with no frets interfering causing intonation problems. As far as we can tell this is the only instrument of this kind in the world. It is great to have this guitar in the hands of an internationally recognised player who can bring out its full potential.