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Ütögardon means "beaten cello" in Hungarian. It is used to accompany violins in Gyimes/Ghimesh, a series of valleys in the eastern Carpathians in Romania. It has four gut strings all tuned to D. Three are tuned to D below middle C, and one is tuned to D above middle C. It is struck with a stick in the right hand and picked with the fingers of the left hand. The ütögardon is never stopped to play any notes other than the open strings' D.