About 10 years ago, I heard my first recording of HD music, and loved it immediately.
Long story, but I started trying to come up with a simple design that I could put together, that would be so low in materials cost that I could afford to donate consorts of them to local primary schools. Got my costs down to less than $30, but when I approached the local school, I never heard anything back.
We have a problem here with all the arts being seriously underfunded, so music lessons would be an add on.
Anyway, I finished up designing an electric one, with a built in table stand that housed the pre-amp and piezo pick-ups.
[If I can’t find the photo, I’ll shoot a new one. Would you believe I was actually handling it this morning, getting ready my ‘shipping’ stuff. ]
Then I moved on to the idea of building a pair of arduino controlled arms to play the thing for me !
That’s as far as it’s got, but the prototype arms, with stepping motors, and all my electronic junk are also in the shipping pile, so who knows ?
Now I have Glowfinger to help… ?!
My laminated electric in the foreground, and my old(antique) Norfolk dulcimer in the background. 5 strings per course - took for ever to tune it !