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Renaissance style Hurdy-gurdy

Exquisite 17th century design

Baroque Guitar-Style Hurdy Gurdy

The Renaissance style is sometimes called the trapezoidal style, the Marchand style after the instrument in the Brussels Conservatoire, or the Henri III style after the highly decorated hurdy-gurdy of this design in the Paris Conservatoire. The design is older than the guitar-shaped and lutebacked instruments that were developed in the early 18th century.

This version of the instrument has a considerably richer sound than those we have heard built by other makers, owing to a modernized bracing system. It has locking metal tangents and a modern composite wheel which reduce its sensitivity to changes in temperature and humidity.

Standard Features:

  Chromatic keybox - 24 keys arranged in two rows similar to a piano keyboard
  Six strings - two chanters (melody strings) and four drones
  Trompette - with the chien (dog) used for rhythmic accompaniment
  Curved soundboard - with laser cut soundhole
  Traditional friction pegs


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

Options include:

  Electronic tuner - Easy-to-read LED display built into the keybox
  Traditional wooden flag tangents
  Geared machine tuners
  Pickup and external preamp unit - for amplification
  Custom select materials
  Soft case - Made of Cordura, specially fitted to the instrument

For details on these features and additional options, see the Renaissance Options

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




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