The Pythagorean sixchord (''syntonon'')

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The Pythagorean sixchord (''syntonon'')


It was a stringed board instrument used to study the musical concords in relation to the tension of the strings which produced them.

It consisted of a rectangular wooden soundbox, two parallel bridges and six, equal in length and thickness, parallel strings which were each stretched by different weights. The shape of the table and the ratios of the weights (4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 16) which were used emanate from a later wood engraving. It is quite probable that the bridges could be moved altering the tonality of the produced scale.

SOURCES: "K. Kormiranjos, Syntonon, the archaic santouri"