Mark Deutsch puts about 30 sympathetic strings on a 5-string upright bass and calls it a Bazantar.
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They were an LA Eopunk band from the late 70’s that I just learned about at Din’s Bloggy, where Eric effuses:
There’s something so compelling and urgent about his [ vocalist Tomata du Plenty] presence, that watching him one can get the feeling that the speed of time passing has changed, that the parameters of perception have been messed with. Backed by distorted analog keyboards and no guitars, he howls and stalks the stage like a beat poet cross-bred with a hyena, frightening, exciting, dangerous and beautiful.
Go read his post and click his links, that’s all I got for you.
According to the bloggotubes, it was an ancient roman mechanical astronomical computer. It looks like this:
…and here’s a reconstruction:
(photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty, from news article)