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Description & Features:
We are very pleased to introduce the option of a third row of keys, which you can use to play harmonies
along with your main melody strings (check out the SOUNDCLIPS/VIDEO tab above for a demonstrations) . At last: True polyphony
from the hurdy gurdy keybox! This instrument has two main melody strings, keyed by two rows of keys (normal so far) but
then we've added a 3rd melody string, which is keyed by it's own separate fully chromatic 3rd row of keys. Like most other
features on a 'gurdy, this feature can be turned on/off independently off all the others, so you have lots of options when arranging
This instrument is built on our time tested 'Moncur' body shape, so it starts with a great sounding design.
From there we added features not normally found - the 3rd row /harmony keys, 2 trompettes, with two low drones rounding out the sonic
spectrum. Also included are a full set of 4 drone capos and sympathetic strings.
If you're looking for a beautifully
crafted, full featured instrument that goes beyond the normal feature set, this is the instrument for you.
(click on items below for
* 7 strings standard 2 main melody strings, 1 melody string which is keyed by a separate
row of keys, 2 low drones, & 2 trompettes (gut & composite)
*2 trompette / chien /buzzing bridge (the dog)
* Fully chromatic with
2 octave range-23 Keys
* Sitka Spruce soundboard
* All hardwood construction for best possible tone
* Your choice of soundholes (see ourrosettes for details)
*OR: instead of artwork, choose our dyed instrument
package (click the 'PICTURES' tab above to see what we mean
Note: Is there a feature you want but don't see here? We probably
include it even though it's not listed. Feel free to drop us an email for more specific info.
Buy with confidence-
1 year warranty
We provide a one year warrantee with all our hurdy gurdies,
but we build them to last a lifetime.
QUESTION: What's the difference between this and the 'La Priel' model'? Why the price difference?
ANSWER: The "La
Priel" comes with a more intricate art package & inlay (if you want that look on this model, click the 'OPTIONS' tab
above for pricing). Aside from the look, the 3rd melody string on the La Priel is controlled by the main two row of keys,
and as such plays parallel to the main melody strings (or you can turn them off using the 3rd melody string for alternate tunings).
With this model: there is an additional row of keys dedicated to only the 3rd melody string, so you can play a 'g' note on your main
string, and a 'd' on your harmony string (for example). Because of the 3rd row of keys, there's a whole lot more
QUESTION: Didn't this feature used to an add-on to your other models?
indeed. It's turned out to be such a popular feature that we have decided to make it it's own model. It's also an effort
to simplify things for newbies-this way every 'must have' feature is included standard, you don't have to worry about sorting through
which features you need or don't need.
Do you want to compare our different
models of Hurdy Gurdies? Visit our Comparison page.
Padded Soft Case
(for sympathetic strings)
Our Lesson Book
"Getting Started on The Hurdy Gurdy"
George & Anwyn Leverett
Cotton & Rosin for the Strings
Spare Dogs &
(just in case...)
Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett