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The Overtone Monochord

This monochord in C is based on the overtone series. It is a plucked instrument that is acoustically able to provide the fundamental (in this case C2) plus octaves of that note (C3, C4, C5 and C6) plus all the overtones of that fundamental played as individual strings.  There are some Monochords like my instruments above which add some of those overtones by placing individual small bridges on some of the strings of a rectangular instrument giving you those higher pitches and shorter vibrating lengths. What I designed with this instruments is a synthesis creating an instrument more akin to a plucked bowed psaltery.


This version I offer in either Walnut or Cherry back and sides with Redwood or Cedar soundboards and Maple pin blocks

  • 16 strings spaced 3/8″ apart.

  • Dimensions: 36" x 9 1/2" x 2 3/4"

  • Weight: approx. 5 lbs

  • Included with the instrument is an Owner's Sheet, a pick and a tuning wrench

$375 plus $35 shipping

Monochord in C with all overtones
Overtone Monochord in C
Tuning Chart Overtone Monochord in C

cherry back and sides, a sitka spruce soundboard with ebony bridge 

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