Name: Taisho Goto.
Type: Fretted Zither > Chordophone.
Region: Japan > Far East Asia.
Dimensions: Scale Length cm.
Acquisition Source: Gandara Volka, Granville Island Vancouver Canada.
The taisho-goto (
正琴) or Nagoya Harp is a fretted zither whose name
derives from the Taisho period (1912-1926) when the instrument
first appeared. It is thought to be influenced from the German
zither, the akkordolia.
instrument has spread as wide and far. It is popular in South Asia
where it arrived during the early 20th
century. In Baluchistan and Sindh this instrument is called
Benju.The taisho-goto is found in the following regions including
the Maldives, East Africa under the name Taishokoto and in Lombok
Indonesia under the name mandilu. When the taisho-goto is played
the instrument is tuned in unison producing a single note when
struck by each key.
The body taisho-goto is built in the form of a slender long box.
Having individual mechanical keys that function not unlike a type
writer. The keys are placed over the strings which are tuned in
(blog) by Palmer Keen > Bibliography: New Grove Dictionary of
Music By Stanley Sadie.