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The Hungarian Cimbalom, which was made in 1904.   Picture: Google/Oxfam
The Hungarian Cimbalom, which was made in 1904. Google/Oxfam

Rare instrument donated to Oxfam on Byres Road

The Hungarian Cimbalom could be worth thousands of pounds

A rare antique instrument is up for auction at Oxfam’s music shop on Byres Road.

The Hungarian Cimbalom was donated to the shop by a member of the public.

The instrument is a hammer dulcimer that is played by striking the strings with small hammers.

Included with the instrument are one of the original hammers and two newer ones as well as a tuning key.

It was made in 1904 by master craftsman Mogyoróssy Gyula and could be worth thousands of pounds.

Andrew McWhinnie is the manager at Oxfam Music Shop.

'Very generous'

He said: “People across Glasgow have always been very generous with their donations, but this Cimbalom is a real, rare treasure.

“Of course it’s an antique instrument rather than something that’s in concert condition.

The Hungarian Cimbalom was made in 1904 by master craftsman Mogyoróssy Gyula.
The Hungarian Cimbalom was made in 1904 by master craftsman Mogyoróssy Gyula.

“But given there are very few of them available to buy across the country we’re hoping its sale could raise hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds to help further Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world.”

The strings are arranged in 'courses' of multiple strings of the same pitch to produce a louder sound.

 

Given there are very few of them available to buy across the country we’re hoping its sale could raise hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds to help further Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world.

Andrew McWhinnie

 

There are some strings missing but there is at least one string of each course so all notes can be sounded.

Bidding on the Cimbalom is now open and the auction closes on Tuesday 25 January at midday.

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