Pictorial guide to carving a chien, and how to install the axle in your hurdy-gurdy.
WEICHSELBAUMER alto for sale on the German Ebay currently, it looks like an early one, not loads of options on there but is electro-acoustic, given that this builder appears not be operating currently–it might be a good purchase for sombody.
Hurdy-gurdy demonstrated and played by Matthias Loibner.
The instrument was inspired by Jacques Callot”s drawing of “Capitano di Baroni”, 1622. 2 Chanterreles, 5 bourdons, 12 sypmphatetic strings, Schaller pegs and metal tangents. Thomastik Dominant strings.
Price is 3.450,- Euro
3 volumes with 3 audio CDs - italian and (to come) in english!
I have written up a ebook (pdf format) of the construction of the Henri 3 Renaissance hurdy gurdy. Go to:
for a free download of the book. This is a companion to my Henri 3 plans “blueprints”
Gurdypedia has been nice enough to highlight my hurdy-building struggle at: http://www.gurdypedia.com/post/20510573554/building-a-hurdy-gurdy-a-medieval-synthesizer
….as recorded on Flickr. Since then, I have used my hurdy as a bass drone instrument, using a cello string on it. One of this year’s songs is shown here. It featues Maressa from England, me, Mark Hoogslag, from Holland, my hurdy which I built in Poland, and we wrote and recorded the song in my present home town of Regensburg, Bavaria.
Cliff Stapleton and Mike Smith playing ‘INDIGO’. One of Cliff’s tunes.
Cliff Stapleton and Mike Smith playing ‘KICKSY-WICKSY’. One of Cliff’s tunes.
Cliff Stapleton and Mike Smith playing ‘THE MONEY TREE’ written by Cliff.
Last Chance Bourree by Michel Piton, played by Nigel Eaton on a Chris Eaton D hurdy-gurdy.