It's kind of like an organ, but it's not. It sounds like a violin, but it's not that either. The "viola organista" is essentially both, and then some.
Created by Slawomir Zubrzycki's and conceived 500 years ago by Leonardo Da Vinci, the viola organista combines the piano with the cello, and made its debut last month at the Academy of Music in Krakaw, Poland.
Perhaps the pastiche of sounds and parts are what took so long, but the result is nothing short of spectacular. Reports Smh.com.au, the instrument's exterior is "painted in a rich midnight blue," and "adorned with golden swirls painted on the side."
It's full of steel strings and spinning wheels, and it sounds like an entire symphony even though all that music comes from one man sitting at what appears to be a piano. This first video, posted to YouTube on Nov. 14th, displays the range of its sound.
This is all too much to just talk about... you just have to hear it to believe it.