How much does it cost to make a hurdy-gurdy?

How much does it cost to make a hurdy-gurdy?

Plus, they’re not cheap. For a good hurdy gurdy, even a basic one, you should expect to pay at least $1,000.

Why are hurdy Gurdies so expensive?

Why are hurdy gurdies so expensive? A hurdy gurdy is a complex machine, requiring heroic skill sets in both woodworking and metal working. Keep in mind that there are over 200 parts in a Hurdy gurdy (including over 90 moving parts). This means a building curve that is much more complex than other instruments.

Can you build a hurdy-gurdy?

Making a playable hurdy-gurdy is a task not to be taken lightly. We built our very first instrument from a kit with very little woodworking experience, so we can assure you that it can be done. Whether you build from plans or a kit, you should read as much as you can about hurdy-gurdies before you start.

How much does it cost to build a hurdy gurdy?

Dennis Havlena wrote a description of how to build a very low-budget hurdy-gurdy – $20 was his budget, though that was years ago. At one time I thought that it might be a good starting place for the challenges of building the instrument, but now I think it’s an exercise in futility.

Is there a company that makes hurdy gurdy instruments?

Hughes Dulcimer Company made or is still making a hurdy-gurdy kit as well, similar in shape and design to the Musicmaker’s instrument. Initially, Musicmaker’s simply bought Hughes kits and sold them on, and later decided (quite correctly) that they would be better off producing the kits themselves.

What kind of keybox does a hurdy gurdy have?

The keybox is diatonic with an extra key to allow the use of several other modes, as depicted in a number of medieval sources including Quomodo organistrum constuctuar. These plans are available from Olympic Musical Instruments.

Who are the authors of building a hurdy gurdy?

By Jack Botermans, Herman Dewit, and Hans Goddefroy ; text by Afke den Boer and Margot de Zeeuw; translation by Anthony Burrett; working drawings, Piet Hohmann. Published 1989 by Univerity of Washington Press, Seattle WA