Why learn to play the guitar when you can own your very own Vulcan lute? You’ll score more chicks than a guy playing the pan flute (but not as much as the guy playing the French horn in band).
From the product description:
Spock’s Vulcan lute made its first appearance in one of the earliest Star Trek episodes, “Charlie X,” and Spock would play it three more times during the course of the original series. A replica was later used in the fifth Star Trek feature film and was subsequently seen in a mirror universe episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Then, in Star Trek: Voyager, Mr. Tuvok made two references to playing his own Vulcan lute.
In the 1970s, the lute was painted black and used in an episode of Mork and Mindy, along with various other Star Trek props and costumes. According to sources, the lute was later discovered underneath one of Paramount’s sound stages in the 1990s during the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This original lute and all of its parts were then carefully traced and recreated by HMS Creative Productions, prop makers for Star Trek for over two decades. HMS was hired to build precise Vulcan lute replicas that were used at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas.
Now you, too, can cherish your very own Vulcan lute, hand crafted to appear exactly as it did in the original Star Trek television series, even down to the monofilament string system. Because the original type of wood used remains a mystery, HMS has carefully selected mahogany with a teak veneer and walnut accents, stained in certain areas for detailing, with a clear lacquer finish. Construction of each lute requires 6 to 8 weeks. This is not a mass-produced item but rather a made-to-order, high-end piece for your collection. Although the Vulcan Lute will not play musical notes and will not be tunable, it remains one of the most attractive and distinctively Star Trek prop replicas to be found anywhere…truly the pride of a discerning collector.
Yeah, that’s a bummer. This thing doesn’t actually play—which is a bit surprising when you consider that it costs $2,000. That’s too bad—I pictured bands based around the instrument playing at Star Trek conventions. Maybe even an electric version down the road.
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