1983, the musical instrument maker Sascha Reckert, a
current-day builder of glass armonicas, invented a modern form
of the vérillon or "musical glasses" - the
verrophone is comprised of glass tubes affixed vertically to a
wooden frame. Touching the upper rim of the tubes causes the
glass to vibrate, producing a tone. The pitch is determined by
the length of the tube; the tuning is tempered and the tubes
are arranged chromatically.
of its greater intensity of volume and its precise, clear tone
colour, the verrophone is an ideal supplement to the glass
armonica in contemporary concert practice, both as a solo
instrument and in orchestral works.
verrophone is one of the most outstanding inventions in the
field of musical instruments since the saxophone.