In honour of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow we’re making today’s #ThrowbackThursday ancient instrument the cruit.
The cruit, called crwth by the Welsh and crowde by the English, was small harp that was plucked with the fingers; although later it was played with a bow,. The instrument was mentioned by an Irish poet writing around 400BC.
The cruit was an oblong-shaped instrument with a neck and fingerboard, having six strings, four of which were placed on the fingerboard and two outside it; the two open strings representing treble G, with its lower octave.
It was generally played as a small harp, resting on the knee, or sometimes placed on a table in front of the musician as with a zither.
The picture is of a modern reproduction of the instrument
As we said previously, snuggled safely within our delivery from our good friends at Schatten Design were some new pickups.
The first one we’re featuring is the CH-1. This new pickup is specifically designed for use on smaller bodied Celtic harps that have 28 strings or less. It provides a very simple solution to the problem of quickly and easily adding a pickup to a harp; especially if you don’t want it attached permanently or have a number of harps and don’t want the expense of buying a pickup for each of them.
Visit our product page for more details.