Also known as "the lyre of the pasture", the ghironda is a string instrument of Human origin that is shaped somewhat like a lute or viol, but whose strings are put in vibration not by a bow but by a rotating rosined wheel operated by a handle at the lower end of the body. It has two to four unfingered bass strings that are allowed to sound continuously, producing a drone harmony, and two melody strings running over the fingerboard, which are stopped by tangents connected with a keyboard.
The ghironda is often used as a street musician's instrument and has its origins in the Harvest Clan, where it was developed as a conscious alternative to instruments that had more martial origins.
GM Note: The ghironda can also be referred to as a "hurdy-gurdy" in less 'respectable' circles.
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