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Chinook model Hurdy-gurdy

A more traditional production model

 Orca Model Hurdy Gurdy

The Chinook model is a mix of modern styling, modern engineered materials, and a more traditional body shape. This production instrument is reliable and completely adjustable, with some special features that make it ideal for playing in almost any climate or environment. As a production model, this instrument is not available with any customization, but is available much more quickly than our custom instruments (weeks or months instead of years).

Here's a sample of one of the Chinook: Chinook sample. The first sounds are the strings being engaged on the wheel, after which Cali plays a Breton dance tune called "Kig Ha Farz", which is played for dancing an an dro. This instrument is tuned in D, but with the chanters an octave lower than is standard for a D/G tuning.

Standard Features:

  Chromatic keybox - 24 keys arranged in two rows similar to a piano keyboard
  Five strings - two chanters (melody strings) and three drones (trompette, petit bourdon, and gros bourdon)
  Trompette - with the chien (dog) used for rhythmic accompaniment
  Geared tuning machines that look like traditional tuning pegs, but can be turned by hand
  Curved back for easier playing
  Adjustable drone nuts and bridges
  Body tapered toward head end for easier playing
  All wood body and soundboard
  Stable wheel made by hand casting from engineered materials


  DVD: The Care and Feeding of your Volksgurdy
  Accessories - Rosin, cotton, strap and tools


  Soft case - Made of Cordura, specially fitted to the instrument

For details on these features and options, and especially to learn more about the option of upgrading this instrument from three strings to five strings, see the Chinook Options

For the base price on this model and prices on the options, see the pricelist.



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