Also known as the Brussels harp
Dated perhaps to the 16th century
Kept at the Musée des Instruments de Musique, Brussels.
"Baroque Italian" design;
53 strings (30 in main rank), longest ?133.5cm
This instrument has a label with the name 'Martinus Kaiser' and the date 1675 but this may be a later repair; it could be from before 1600. The harp has two parallel rows of strings, to provide diatonic and chromatic notes, and each string has a buzzing bray pin to produce a growling, nasal tone. There is evidence that the stringing configuration was changed at least once as there are blocked up pin holes in the neck.
Further reading: The construction of an accurate replica of this instrument was desribed by Robert Hadaway, 'The Re-creation of an Italian Renaissance Harp', Early Music vol 8, no.1, Jan 1980, and follow-up letters in vol.8 no.4 (Oct 1980) and vol.9 no.3 (July 1981).