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Crystal Trio - Instruments

... Try to pass with a wet finger over the edge of a crystal glass. At the beginning you will hear nothing except a quiet creak. But try again and again and at some moment the thin crystal will start singing. Tender sound wave never reminding a clatter of glasses at table will lay hold of your hearing, take it into its charming captivity... This property of glass, so similar to magic or miracle, is known for ages. In ancient times glass-work makers made their works sing to check their quality. Clean, charming voice of the glass was a sign of a high quality product. 

ven today the seller of the crystal stuff packing the purchase for you will obligatory knock the glasses with a pencil checking the sound: if the crystal does not caress hearing it is shaken or it is not crystal at all. 

Crystal Trio are the three unique instruments: Glass Harp, Verrophone (from the French “verrе” — “glass” and Greek “phonos” — “sound”) and Glass Flute (more exactly, Pan flute, sounding as bass). They originally come fromthe first glass instruments that appeared in Europe in the middle of the 17th century. “Seraphim”, “musical glasses”...There were a lot of names as well as forms. All these instruments were united by one thing: miraculous, resembling the “angelic” voice, which made “harmonica” popular first of all among the Royal households and elite salons. 

They play the glass instruments touching the edges by water-wet fingers (ideally using distilled water). The exclusion is the glass flute: its deep low sound is given birth by a stream of air like in a usual wind instrument. Movements of hands, gleams of crystal, wonderful melodies, they all are inseparable parts of the fascinating performance called the “Crystal Trio”.

This musical instrument will consist from 36 crystal glasses made under the special order on one glass factories of Germany.

The master: Sascha Reckert.
Range of sounding: three octaves.

"It is possible to play Bach's pieces even on the tools reminding chemical laboratory", jokes Timofey Vinkovsky. He means Verrophon. This musical instrument will consist from 26 glass tubes, fixed in a special rigid frame.

The master: Sascha Reckert.
Range of sounding: three octaves.

Glass Flute 
This instrument made on a sample of a block-flute, possesses pleasant bass sounding.
Range of sounding: 1/5 octaves.


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