"I would like to introduce two of Király's innovative instruments: the zitherphone and the tablophone. The zitherphone was invented and constructed in 1974, and is based on the Hungarian folk zither. It consists of five zithers of varying sizes, incorporated into a single body (there exists also a version with four zithers). It has 58 strings, which are built in on the basis of the A-pentatonic le (A,C,D,E,G). In certain places the frets are placed at a distance of a quarter tone. Its range exceeds five octaves, and it can be played using fingers, a plectrum, a bow, and various other objects. If necessary, two persons can play at the same time. It's natural strength is equal to that of a guitar. In order strengthen the sound, Király has mounted 16 pickups on it.
Here is how Király describes the tablophone: "I constructed the tablophone in 1976. My aim was to make the lines of drawings, and written texts too, not only visible but audible. Better to say, the drawer music player can in the moment of creation, be expressive in both media. If necessary, two performers can work on this multimedia instrument, one drawing or writing the texts, the other, and inspired, expressing the visual in sounds, tunes and rustles. Alternatively, the drawer may be inspired by the sounds heard. This can embody a certain kind of dialogue, or a canon or even independent creation, worked simultaneously as counterpoint.
The body of the tablophone consists of a 1 mm thin tinplate of 50 x 70 cm, a little bent in the middle. On the upper side of the board, I have mounted different objects, which have the ability to produce various sounds, tones, and rustles, using fingers, a twitcher, sticks or other objects. On the lower port of the board, a paper for watercolour paintings is mounted, upon which one can draw, or write.
The natural strength of the tablophone is similar to a guitar, but with a pickup on the underside of the body one can strengthen this with an amplifier, as much as one wants."