Monochord (sonometer), after Marloye

Koenig, Rudolph, Parijs

The behaviour of vibrating strings can be studied with a sonometer. It was one of the first instruments for researching sound. This version was devised by Albert Marloye (1795-1874), an instrument maker specialized in making acoustic apparatus. The three strings, stretched on a soundboard, are to be set into vibration by a violin bow. The way the string vibrates depends on the tension, thickness and length of the string. A mathematical relation between these variables can be demonstrated by varying these parameters. Harmonic tones can also be studied in this way. The maker, Rudolph Koenig, had previously followed a training as violin maker. This training suited him when making this sonometer.

Administration name

Fysisch Kabinet


Monochord (sonometer), after Marloye

Translated title

Monochord (sonometer), after Marloye


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Object number

FK 0265