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Minstrel model Hurdy-gurdy

An ideal beginner's instrument in a small package

The Minstrel model has all the essential features of a larger French style instrument without the higher price. It has a full chromatic keyboard and the trompette (buzzing bridge), so it is the ideal instrument for a beginner who wants a full-featured hurdy-gurdy. The scale length and key spacing is the same as our larger hurdy-gurdies, so you can learn on the Minstrel and transfer your skills easily to another instrument in the future.

The Minstrel is quieter and more compact, making it an excellent hurdy-gurdy for vocal accompaniment and for travel. It is easier to keep tuned and adjusted than the larger instruments, and is very stable. It's also very resistant to abuse: one survived having a pail of water dumped over it by a prankster (please don't try this at home)!

Standard Features:

  Chromatic keybox - 24 keys arranged in two rows, similar to a piano keyboard
  Three strings - one chanter (melody string) and two drones
  Trompette - the chien (dog), used for rhythmic accompaniment
  Geared tuning machines


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

Options include:

  Soft case - made of Cordura, specially fitted to the instrument
  Electronic tuner - easy-to-read LED display built into the keybox
  S-shaped crank - for a more traditional look
  Wood grips - for the tuning machines
  Friction pegs - the traditional style, for re-enactors
  Wooden tangents - the traditional method of shortening the chanter
  S-shaped crank - for a more traditional look
  Marcello Bono signature model - a package of special materials and features specified by Baroque hurdy-gurdy master Marcello Bono
  Custom inlay
  Custom select materials

For details on these features and options, see the Minstrel Options

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




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