13 of the weirdest music-makers of all time

05/28/2013 | IO9.com

Musical instruments can be pretty weird things -- and this gallery brings together some of the strangest looking. Among the quirkiest: the contrabass balalaika, which looks like a colossal wooden triangle; a "stalacpipe organ" that makes noise by slapping mallets against rocky protuberances in a cavern; and Benjamin Franklin's "hydrocrystalophone," which was played by rubbing one's fingers against spinning glass disks.

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