The whole new age movement in general is pretty much dead compared to what it was in the 80's and 90's, so I imagine that the new age music market isn't much better off, particularly in the States.
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I'm usually not the biggest Oophoi fan but I already love some of his posthumous work, particularly this and I Can Hear The Wing Singing. I think both of those are AOTY candidates.
Oophoi's music is hard to get into.
If I would recommend you two albums it would be Forgotten Rituals and Signals From the Great Beyond (1cd version)
I don't have any real instruments of this type, but I've got a number of harp, lyra, zither, kantele etc. libraries for Kontakt. I love these sounds, in fact they'll be featuring heavily on a new project.
I think of technical discussion and gear recommendations as being, ideally, a fun and positive exchange of ideas and suggestions. It's unfortunate when things should turn unpleasant, or when someone else's ideas are dismissed.
Personally I to see insight into the tools and working methods of some of the more experience forum members -- Paul, APK, Loren, Forrest, and many others. Rather than being frustrated or annoyed when one of them does something in a different way from how I have always done it, instead of thinking "Why do they do it like that? Everybody knows it's better to do it like THIS!" -- I think to myself, "That's interesting. It's different from how I work, so what can I learn from it?"
Many of the instruments, recording devices, effects, pieces of computer hardware and software that I use, I can remember back to when I first heard a friend or fellow recording artist or engineer mention it, or show it to me.
The only negative aspect to discussions like this should be that occasionally, they inspire "gear lust" and make us spend money on equipment we might not otherwise buy!
I saw a couple of tremoloas available on ebay recently. They weren't as expensive as I expected but then again, there's probably not a huge demand for them. Hadn't heard of the other two but I looked them up and they seem like cool instruments. I've never played a bowed instrument before though.
They sound a bit like bowed psaltry, only a little fuller. One thing to keep in mind is, at least with the older ones, they are very difficult to tune and to keep in tune. Helps to have perfect or relative pitch, too.
A better title for this topic would have been "Whither the zither?"