Hot Jam wrote:That ad for the instrument (the one with the naughty word that mockingbird posted) is particularly funny because I also play the zither and autoharp, which is a type of zither and the old-timey, stringed version of the Onmichord (check out the Carter family music for a fine example of the autoharp) - my husband is my only fan (certainly not our cats). Anyway, we wanted to form a band/groupie following and design T-shirts that had a flying autoharp on them, that said: 'Are you ready for Zith?!' We laughed and laughed...and laughed some more. Oh goodness, it doesn't take much sometimes...
Hot Jam wrote:Thank you, SuzyBatt for posting those great, great pics (although that first one, because of the lighting, always makes me think that Jemaine has odd, short hair dreadlocks or something... )
Anyway, check ebay or Craigslist, search word: Omnichord. The new version of the Omnichord is the QChord and can be bought new for between $200 - $300. The pricing really depends for used ones. Sometimes you can find one for under $200 US (not long ago, you could get one for under $100!) depending on the model and condition. For some of the higher vintage models, like the 200 or 300, you could be looking at upwards of $800 - $1000 US.
Finally, just to add another tidbit (which people might already know) but the lovely song on the cassette that Jarrod pops in the tape deck, when he and Lily are in his room is produced on the Omnichord (most likely courtesy of Jemaine himself!). I love when he starts to sway ever so slightly and kind of uses it to psych himself up/get in the mood.
Hot Jam, that is fifty kinds of awesome. "Are you ready for Zith?!" Oh my... *wipes tear from eye*
Also, that's funny you should mention that about the autoharp being an old-timey Omnichord because I came across this picture on an Omnichord website last night and I was like, "Huh? That's not an Omnichord, I swear that looks like an autoharp," not realizing the two instruments are related. Duh.
That *is* an autoharp, is it not? Anyway, check out the fingernails on Dolly, there! She's not playing anything with claws like that, lol.
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