This instrument is a reproduction of a hurdy-gurdy signed FEURY kept at the Musée des Musiques Populaires in Montluçon (France), with the addition of a few modifications according to the criteria of Charles Bâton, a famous Parisian musician who in 1751 published an article in the Mercure de France describing the organological characteristics he added to the baroque hurdy-gurdy to obtain an instrument to his taste. This hurdy-gurdy is built with a D pitch and has a range of 2 and a half octaves (D – F). What’s more, the bridge for the trumpet string is fixed.
The body of the instrument is made of maple, walnut and cedar with ebony and maple purfling. The soundboard is walnut. The keyboard, bridges, tailpiece and pegbox are made of maple. The keys are made of ebony and bone. The “pistagne” decorations are made of ebony and vegetable ivory. The marquetry decorations on the keyboard cover and tailpiece are in engraved bone and black maple.
The instrument was made entirely by hand, without the use of machines. The aim was to use only the techniques of the period, and the wheel axle and crank were forged by hand.
The instrument comes with a basic travel case.
The hurdy-gurdy is in Spain, in Vigo. You can try it without any problem at the workshop. The instrument can be sent by carrier. The transport costs will be charged to the buyer.
For any further information you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments will be made by bank transfer and a receipt will be issued for each payment.
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EUR 8,500 plus shipping costs if applicable