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Hurdy Gurdy Tunings
You generally find two main tuning configurations.  Our instruments can accommodate either tuning very well, it's just a matter of which string set we use before we ship it out to you.
 
G/C tuning
All strings are tuned to either 'G' or 'C' notes.  The main keychest is setup in the key of 'c'; your main row of keys is the key of 'c' and the 2nd row are the chromatic notes (just like the keys of a piano).
 
 
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D/G tuning
All strings are tuned to either 'D' or 'G' notes.  The main keychest is setup in the key of 'G' (the F natural is in the 2nd row of keys)
 
The melody strings are tuned to 'g'.  The drone strings are tuned to G or C notes of various octaves.  Note the #10 chromatic key: the tolerances are so close in that upper register that with a slight adjustment to the tangents this key can be either an 'F' or an 'F#', to best suit the player's needs.   By default we tune it to 'F' before shipping.
 
This is the default tuning we use when we send out a new instrument.  Because the keys are set up similiarly to a piano, it seems to be the most beginner friendly.  It's also generally well suited to French traditional music.
 
There's a couple of ways to set up the melody strings:
- tuned in unison to middle 'g' (g4)  (our symphonie model)
-or both tuned to 'g', but an octave apart (g3 & g4). See chart to the right.
 
We usually ship them out in the octave tuning by default. If you have a preference for something different, let us know at the time of ordering.
The melody strings are tuned to 'd'. The drone strings are tuned to D or G notes of various octaves.  Note the #10 chromatic key: this key can be either an 'C' or an 'C#', to best suit the player's needs.   By default we tune it to 'C' before shipping.
 
This tuning is well suited to Celtic music.   If you prefer this setup, just let us know at the time of ordering. 
 
The melody strings can be set up either in unison tuned to middle 'd' (d4), or in an octave tuning where one is middle 'd' (d4) and the other is an octave higher (d5).   By default we tune them in unison to middle 'd' (d4) since it's more beginner friendly.  That octave 'd'/d5 string can be a little more demanding on rosin & cotton technique, so we only recommend that for more experienced players.   
 
If you're a more experienced player and prefer the octave 'd' tuning, be sure to let us know at the time of ordering.
Keychest as viewed from the player's perspective, descriptive notes added for clarity
Keychest as viewed from the player's perspective, descriptive notes added for clarity
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