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      What the Instrument Looks Like:
      Typically a hollow trapezoidal prism, with a hole in its center; it has strings strung parallel to the trapezoidal prism's parallel sides.
      http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/11137/11513176_1m.jpg?v=8CE7CCE485AB530
      https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/417pMfxMN0L.jpg
      attached original photograph

      Where it Came From:
      unknown

      Usage and Historical Data:
      Very simplified form of harp, usually used as a toy, not in a professional setting.  Usually held on one's lap.  Sheet music for certain types of the instrument can be held on the instrument itself, underneath the strings
      http://www.lap-harp.com/melodyharp.htm
      http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-melody-harp.htm

      How Old is It:
      Presumably during 20th century

      Who Invented It/When:
      Unknown/Unaccredited Inventor
      Unknown Invention date

      How it relates to items already in the database:

      Heavily simplified version of a harp

       

      Written by Isaac Z for GCI

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              zaphodbeeblebrox CatQuest, the Endeavouring Cat!
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              IsaacZanoria Isaac-Neil Zanoria
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