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French Hurdy-Gurdy
(Lute Form)


French Hurdy-Gurdy (Lute Form)

Y ou can make fun of me if you like: one thing is certain that this music in this isolated place appears like the work of the devil.

It is too loud to be natural and it has such a sad and special manner that it could not be compared to any other music in Christendom.

George Sand
"Les Maitres Sonneurs", 1853

The lute form hurdy gurdy made by Lasnier, Charenton s/Cher 1852 is the link between French baroque hurdy gurdies from the middle of the 18th century, from Louvet, and the instruments made at the beginning of the 20th century by Pajot and Pimpar.

An original can be found in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
The lute form hurdy gurdy is still the favourite and most wide spread type for baroque music and especially for French dance music. The large body, for example gives the drones a large base. The curved shell gives the melody and the trumpet gives the necessary carrying power.

An exact copy of the original is available on request.

Sound Sample:Charles Bâton: aus Opus III, 1. Sonate, Gayement, played by: Riccardo Delfino, Duration 1:10 min, Format:512 kB QuickTime Movie


Normal 2x 1x Trumpet string 2x Bordun Measure: 36cm 15 Whole notes 10 Semi notes Tuning: C 4x Resonanz Wood: F/K,N Nitro Lacquer Wooden pegs
Special manufacture 3x Melodie 2x Trumpet string 4x Bordun 10 Semi notes Tuning: vario up to 12 sympathetic strings Wood: A, C/P, A Wood: A, C/Z, K Shellac Getriebe Bridge system
String lifter Grifbrett Patented belt holder Pickup-systems Pre-amplifier