November 18, 2007 at 10:33 PMFirst I learned from Bilbo Prattle that the instrument on the 50 krones money of Sweden is a Swedish Key violin. Now I learned from Corwin Slack that it is also called "nyckelharpa" ( here more about the nyckelharpa or Swedish Key violin on Wikipedia) and gives Bach on Youtube on this instrument:
Interestingly enough, there is a Hurdy-Gurdy used prominently in the movie version of "The Polar Express" put out a few years ago.
It's hard enough getting a standard violin on the plane- imagine having to travel with one of these contraptions!
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