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Stock Photo: Three chitarroni (theorbo or bass lute). Venetian chitarrone with inlaid mother of pearl (left), Venetian chitarrone from 1608 (centre), and one exhibited in 1885 by Edward Joseph of Bond Street with six pairs of unisons and seven diapasons (right). Chromolithograph from an illustration by William Gibb from A.J. Hipkins' "Musical Instruments, Historic, Rare and Unique," Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1888. Alfred James Hipkins (1826-1903) was an English musicologist who specialized in the hi