Rare antique musical instrument donated to Glasgow Oxfam Music could fetch ‘thousands’

Music fans in Glasgow and across the country have the opportunity to bid on a rare antique cimbalom at Oxfam’s music store on Byres Road.

The Hungarian cimbalom, which was made in 1904 by master craftsman Mogyoróssy Gyula, was donated to the shop by a member of the public.

The instrument is a hammer dulcimer, meaning it is played by striking the strings with small hammers. Included with the instrument are one of the original and two newer hammers as well as a tuning key.

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The Hungarian cimbalom, which was made in 1904 by master craftsman Mogyoróssy Gyula, was donated to the shop by a member of the public.

The strings are arranged in “courses” of multiple strings of the same pitch to produce a louder sound. There are a few strings missing but there is at least one string from each course so that all notes can be sounded.

Andrew McWhinnie, Oxfam Music Shop Manager, said: “The people of 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, but given that there are very few available for purchase across the country, we’re hoping its sale might fetch some hundreds, if not thousands of pounds to help save lives of Oxfam work around the world.

Bidding on the Cimbalom is now open and bidding closes Tuesday, January 25 at noon.

Bids can be placed in person or by telephoning the store on 0141 334 7669.

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