Watch Some Of The Strangest Musical Instruments Ever Built In ActionVincze Miklós4/29/15 7:00pmFiled to: musictechnologyinstruments11718EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink GIF We’re used to seeing a wide variety of instruments, from the tiny piccolo to the grand piano, but every now and then, someone designs an instrument so magnificent or unusual that it takes a while to wrap our brains around them. So what do they sound like? And how exactly do you play them? The otamatone, designed by Maywa Denki for the Japanese Cube Works companyGlass harmonica (or armonica), invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1762Theorbo (or Thiorba), a lute with an extended neck and a second pegbox, developed in Italy around the late 16th centuryThe hyperblass flute, the largest flute ever built, with almost 50 ft (15 m) long tubing. It is made of PVC and wood, and was invented by the Italian flutist Roberto FabbricianiThe Dactilófono, created by Les Luthiers, an Argentine music parody group in 1967Pikasso guitar, a guitar with 42 strings and four necks, created by Linda Manzer for Pat Metheny between 1982 and 1984Wheelharp, a keyboard-operated string instrument with spinning wheels and a foot-controlled motorTheremin, the magical instrument that works without physical contact, invented by the Russian inventor Leon Theremin in 1920Daxophone, an experimental instrument invented by Hans ReichelThe crank-turned Hurdy-gurdy, originated from fiddles around the 11th centuryThe contrabass balalaika, a Russian folk instrument developed in the late 17th centuryThe American Fotoplayer, a mix of bells, drums, organ pipes, a piano, among others. About 8-12,000 were made, but now only 50 are left, and 12 are known to be in a working order.