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Volksgurdy model Hurdy-gurdy

Our most popular full-sized model

The Volksgurdy has many of the features of a French luteback without the price. Recently redesigned, it has a sonority all its own. The curved back is much more comfortable to play than the older flat back style, and the richness of tone is far superior to the older instruments of this style. This is our most popular model, combining reasonable price with a great sound and playability.

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 decorative inlaid edging
  Geared tuning machines


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

Options include:

  Electronic tuner - Easy-to-read LED display built into the keybox
  Sympathetic strings
  Carved peghead - Detailed with the classic human head
  Friction pegs - the traditional style, for re-enactors
  Custom inlay and carving
  Custom select materials
  Soft case - Made of Cordura, specially fitted to the instrument

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

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




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