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25 Bizarre And Unusual Musical Instruments We Bet You've Never Heard About 

Who doesn't like music? Everyone does. Some people use music as a relaxing therapy. Some people find peace when they listen to music and some just try to live their thoughts by listening to their favorite music. 

Similarly, some love to play musical instruments like guitar and piano. But not many of the music lovers know about these unusual musical instruments. These are not just weird and unusual but also uncommon musical instruments because we don't get to see them often and neither do we play them anymore. 

Here is the list of these unusual musical instruments.

25 Bizarre And Unusual Musical Instruments We Bet You've Never Heard About 

25 Bizarre And Unusual Musical Instruments We Bet You've Never Heard About 

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1. Contrabass Balalaika

1. Contrabass Balalaika

This is the Russian folk musical instrument. It looks weird because it has a triangular body and is played with hands or leather plectrums. 

2. American Photoplayer

2. American Photoplayer

It was introduced in 1912 and was established by American Photoplayer company. It was used for providing sound in silent films. 

3. Stylophone

3. Stylophone

It was introduced by Brian Jarvis. It is a synthesizer which is operated by the stylus.

4. Pikasso guitar

4. Pikasso guitar

This weird instrument was designed by Manzer and it has 4 necks, 2 sound holes and 42 strings.

5. Theremin and Aetherphone

5. Theremin and Aetherphone

This is an electronic musical device and it can be controlled without any physical contact. It has two metal antennas that can detect the moments of the thereminist's hand and will play accordingly.

6. Cimbalom

6. Cimbalom

This musical instrument is very much popular in Hungary. It is a concert hammered dulcimer which has a large trapezoidal box with metal strings that are stretched across the top of it.

7. Glass Harmonica

7. Glass Harmonica

It is also known as 'armonica,' 'bowl organ' and 'hydrocrystslaophone.' It consists of the glass containers that produces sound through friction.

8. Crwth

8. Crwth

Crwth is sometimes called as 'crowd' also. It is believed that this instrument was played in Wales since the 11th century.

9. Ondes Martenot

9. Ondes Martenot

It is also known as 'Martenot Waves.' It is an electronic instrument that was discovered in 1928 by Maurice Martenot. It is known for its eerie wavering notes.

10. Jew's Harp

10. Jew's Harp

Jew's harp is a lamellophone that belongs to the group known as plucked idiophones. It has a bamboo or metal tongue that is attached to the frame. The tongue is placed then in the mouth and played with the finger to produce a note.

11. Wheelharp

11. Wheelharp

This is a unique musical instrument that allows a single musician to sound like an actual orchestra. It is a keyboard that controls 61 strings. 

12. Hardingfele

12. Hardingfele

This musical instrument is originated in Norway. It is like a violin and has twice as many strings as in any normal violin.

12. Singing ringing tree

12. Singing ringing tree

Apart from it being uncommon and unique, it is actually quite beautiful also. It is designed by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. It is a musical instrument which is made of steel pipes of different lengths.

14. Gameleste

14. Gameleste

Gameleste is a customized instrument which is specially made for Bjork. It is a combination of a gamelan and celesta.

14. Sharpsichord

14. Sharpsichord

It is an eco-friendly musical instrument and works on solar energy. It has a cylinder that has 11,520 holes and the musician plugs the pins. When the cylinders start rotating then the pins pluck the strings and creates the sound. 

15. Holophoner

15. Holophoner

This looks like a toy but is actually a unique instrument. It is a musical instrument with a hologram projector in it. This was created by Harrison Krix when he added 54 LED lights in it. Not many people are able to play this Holophoner.

17. Hydraulophone

17. Hydraulophone

It is a very interesting type of musical instrument as it is powered by water. It works when the musician covers one or more water jets, forcing the water through calibrated pipe.

17. Cajon

17. Cajon

This was originally created by African slaves in Peru. It is a box which has a hole on one side and the other side is made of thin plywood.

19. Lur

19. Lur

Lur is a wooden viking wind instrument and was introduced in medieval ages.

20. Friction Harp

20. Friction Harp

It gained popularity in the 1920s and it played when a pair of rosined gloves are rubbed against it in order to create friction. 

21. Branching Corrugahorn

21. Branching Corrugahorn

It's an experimental musical instrument. It is developed with the help of flexible corrugated pipes that are normally found in the pulmonary care ward of a hospital.

22. Nyckelharpa

22. Nyckelharpa

Nyckelharpa is a Swedish musical instrument and it is composed of 16 strings and 37 keys. It is considered as the oldest existing instrument today. 

23. Zeusaphone

23. Zeusaphone

It is said that no one can see music but Zeusaphone is the type of instrument which contradicts this story. It produces music through tesla coils and its named after the Greek God Zeus.

23. Pyrophone

23. Pyrophone

This musical instrument completely goes with the meaning of its name that is fire sound. The music is produced by applying combustion to the pipes through gasoline. 

25. Didgeridoo

25. Didgeridoo

It was discovered by the aboriginal people of the Northern Australia. People consider it as the oldest aerophone in the world, dating back 40,000 years or more.

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