So now we have three possibilities for Zwolle:
1. a portative instrument with keyboard at right angles to the strings,
2. an early harpsichord, or
3. a psaltry add-on.
To argue the first, one has to invoke medieval use of perspective as
to why Arnault's instrument doesn't appear that way (even though it
is drawn/carved that way in many early sources). To argue the second,
one has to ignore the action, elaborately designed so that gravity
assist is not counted on. To argue the third: what about those bridge
I stand to be corrected, but I've seen a lot of drawings etc. of
psaltries, and not one that I can recall has strings forming the
angle at the bridge that Arnault's instrument does. His angle is
incompatible with a notched bridge - the string will jump out unless
the notch is very deep and sharp indeed. And, straight-across strings
are incompatible with pins - they will buzz.
I've no problem with Barlow's reconstruction being as 'reasonable' as
either of the other two. But, I hope, Philip, that you won't be
tempted to call it 'the' solution.
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