The use of simple geometry and the local unit of measurement in the design of Italian stringed keyboard instruments:

an aid to attribution and to organological analysis


Grant O'Brien


This is an online copy of an article written by me and published in The Galpin Society Journal, 52 (1999) 108-171.  ISSN 0072.0127. 


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