Based on 13th century designs, with one melody and two drone strings. The Minnesinger sounds beautiful at various tunings and is suitable for solo or ensemble use. The diatonic keyboard has programable tangents. It features a steel shaft, precision gold-plated gear-tuners, trued wheel, brass bearings and built-in cotton & rosin containers. The keyboard shafts, tangents, keyshaft-guides, keyboard buttons and shoulderstrap buttons are precision molded. The Minnesinger body is made of walnut, rosewood, plus spruce sounding board.
While basically a diatonic instrument, any tangent can be rotated up to a semi-tone to the
left or right for playing in different modes.
(Major, minor, or modal, as the need may be.)
To facilitate playing, Do-Fa-Do (3rd, 6th, & 10th) Key-Buttons and Tangents are identified
with contrasting colors and tactile feed-back.
When playing, a slightly downward tilted instrument allows keys to fall back to root position by gravity. Includes a hardcase, shoulder strap, and tuning- and playing- instructions.