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Arpeggione can be heard in these songs:

Red vs. Blue Season 14 Soundtrack
Red Rockets
Day at the Office




An arpeggione is the offspring of a guitar, a cello, and a viola da gamba. It was first produced in the early 19th century, but aside from a Schubert composition, it never received much recognition until more recently when a revival in weird instruments reignited interest in the instrument.

It's essentially a cello with a fretted neck, six strings, and tuned like a guitar. It's meant to be bowed.

The only arpy I could find online that wasn't the price of a car was made by an outfit out of Hebei province in China called the Song Chung Musical Instrument Co.

Some modifications had to be made — replace the tuners, find the right strings, and under the care of the incredibly talented Scott Smith here in Seattle, the instrument received a new rosewood fingerboard, a crack that developed during shipping was fixed, and moveable frets were added.

The arpy gets used here as an overdub instrument to supplement synthetic strings and also as a "baritone upright bass." It's tuned like my Danelectro baritone guitar, as its body and scale as manufactured by the Song company is a copy of the famous cello "Sleeping Beauty."