The autoharp is mostly heard in country, folk and bluegrass music, following in the footsteps of the legendary "Mother" Maybelle Carter, matriarch of the Carter family, whose frequent appearances on the Johnny Cash Show showed just how amazing this instrument could sound in the hands of a skilled player. Rhythm Band makes autoharps primarily focused at the educational level. Their ChromaHarp is especially versatile—it's a classically-styled autoharp with 15 chords and a traditional layout, making it suitable for performing as well as learning. For younger music students or just for fun, the Music Maker is also a great instrument to experiment with; it uses printed inserts to help teach concepts and is playable by even the smallest hands. Both instruments have solid hardwood tops to produce a consistent tone. Whether you use it as a learning instrument, an accompaniment or invest the time to master the melodic potential of the autoharp, you can get great results out of this classic stringed instrument. Perfect for musicians of all skill levels, the autoharp will quickly become a favorite.