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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2012, 10:11:46 AM »

I want a gurdy, especially after seeing Cliff Stapleton at the Junction a few weeks back. Amazing instrument.
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2012, 01:16:14 PM »

I want a gurdy, especially after seeing Cliff Stapleton at the Junction a few weeks back. Amazing instrument.

 :o

How did I miss that?!
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2012, 01:27:26 PM »

I want a gurdy, especially after seeing Cliff Stapleton at the Junction a few weeks back. Amazing instrument.

 :o

How did I miss that?!

He was supporting Spiro. Me and the girlfriend went there on a "date", hence not publicising it :P It was part of a tour though, so you might be able to catch them elsewhere, it was a fantastic gig.
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2012, 05:08:26 PM »


I love oddball musical instruments from Kalimbas to Serpents from bagpipes to Theremins (I play the theremin badly but CAN get a tune out of it) , I have an ARP 2600 which can be very musical once all the sliders are in the right place and the wires poked into the right holes but a line has to be drawn somewhere ;D

I have a couple of vintage synths too...was actually about to buy another, when this evil thing crossed my path.  Still have my pedal steel, and a bass clarinet that I would love to deploy along with this gurdy.  I'm currently running an ad seeking collaborators, or at least someone to turn the crank...so far, no takers
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2012, 05:45:54 PM »

A couple of weeks ago I was in a session with a nyckelharpa and a hurdy gurdy  :o
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I'll see your nyckelharpa, and raise you a didgeridoo...self accompanied by shaky egg... :'(
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2012, 06:07:42 PM »

I love the sound of nyckelharpa...I've never seen one played here in the states.  I've always been envious of my friend's hardingfele--and the weird sounds he can pull from it
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2012, 07:12:21 PM »

From before:

I'm in Montana!  Maybe I'm the only one...   
 
Well okay, so I will concede that my hyperbolic style likely downplays the fact that there are folks in the US with knowledge (no offense meant).  I do know some folks into "early music"-- recorders and such...won't I be a hit with my evil gurdy!

Oh this pesky iPhone!...accidentally deleted the above post--I can't say I wholeheartedly recommend these...unless one likes to read mel.net while at the park watching children go round and round and round...  (okay, so they're not all bad ::))
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2012, 07:32:34 PM »

Dolly?  "Hurdy-gurdy, Miss"
I love oddball musical instruments from Kalimbas to Serpents from bagpipes to Theremins (I play the theremin badly but CAN get a tune out of it)

Hmmm, given that the host for this thread is our dear beloved 'catty' I can't help posting this video ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEHwtD01MXc  >:E
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2012, 07:48:27 PM »



Hmmm, given that the host for this thread is our dear beloved 'catty' I can't help posting this video ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEHwtD01MXc  >:E

Wonderful!  (And I should clarify that I would never actually shred a cat in a gurdy--after, one reason my name is catty is because I actually find the critters charming)
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2012, 09:07:19 PM »

That`s Priceless Chris - I guess that`s the "toy melodeon" of Theremins ;-)

The cat is doing a lot better than most do . I actually played carols on mine (Kinda the "C Tommy" of Theremins) at the church christmas party in the Folk group (PA on standby in case I got pelted with stale buns) ........ BTW to keep on subject - A Gurdy would have cleared the room in under 10 seconds ;-)
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2012, 09:16:59 PM »

A Gurdy would have cleared the room in under 10 seconds ;-)

No doubt; like rockets, ambulances and ferrel animals--gurdy is intended for the out-of-doors
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2012, 11:49:22 PM »

(...) --gurdy is intended for the out-of-doors

Yep, BBQ ...remember, you need at least 3 otherwise the meat won't be cooked through...
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2012, 04:42:59 AM »

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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2012, 09:41:21 AM »

This is quite nice  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndZvzs2AE_g&feature=related

Look at this wonderful instrument  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPfvPWbzfJk&feature=related
This one really pushes the boundaries of hurdy gurdy building. Tremendous instrument!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G934ujHV-E

One impressive concept is that the power and capacity of the wheel is put to use in innovative ways, driving more strings than ever before.

In a melodeon (particularly the larger instruments) we have often spare capacity in the volume and pressure of air we can utilise from the bellows. What imaginative (but tasteful!) musical uses could this be put to?

One thing I would like would be a drone register/stop; a switch which could be activated at will, on or off, and which produced a unisonoric bass drone in both directions, a bit like the C basses on a D/G box, but which you didn't actually have to finger. On a D/G box, three drone switches which produced drones in G, D and C would be really nice! Any offers to build one?  (:)
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2012, 09:46:01 AM »

This one really pushes the boundaries of hurdy gurdy building. Tremendous instrument!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G934ujHV-E

One impressive concept is that the power and capacity of the wheel is put to use in innovative ways, driving more strings than ever before.

And it uses magnets as well  ;D

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In a melodeon (particularly the larger instruments) we have often spare capacity in the volume and pressure of air we can utilise from the bellows. What imaginative (but tasteful!) musical uses could this be put to?

One thing I would like would be a drone register/stop; a switch which could be activated at will, on or off, and which produced a unisonoric bass drone in both directions, a bit like the C basses on a D/G box, but which you didn't actually have to finger. On a D/G box, three drone switches which produced drones in G, D and C would be really nice! Any offers to build one?  (:)

What you need is a foot operated Struti Box, admittedly not built in but far more adaptable

http://www.shrutibox.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThRwOjEZA2s
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2012, 09:59:54 AM »

What you need is a foot operated Struti Box, admittedly not built in but far more adaptable
It's been done!
http://www.bandoneon-maker.com/footbass_1.htm
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2012, 10:49:32 AM »

I like this rock version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXXQknYWkB4 - nice thing it's actually trad Bretonne. Nigel said he didn't have a mortgage after his year touring with Led Zepelin  8)
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #37 on: April 15, 2012, 10:57:06 AM »

What you need is a foot operated Struti Box, admittedly not built in but far more adaptable
It's been done!
http://www.bandoneon-maker.com/footbass_1.htm

That's wonderful (love the sound samples) but it's far more than a Shruti box which only plays a drone.

See also Simon Haines's article on the foot bass from a new owner's point of view.
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #38 on: April 15, 2012, 03:33:41 PM »



In a melodeon (particularly the larger instruments) we have often spare capacity in the volume and pressure of air we can utilise from the bellows. What imaginative (but tasteful!) musical uses could this be put to?

One thing I would like would be a drone register/stop; a switch which could be activated at will, on or off, and which produced a unisonoric bass drone in both directions, a bit like the C basses on a D/G box, but which you didn't actually have to finger. On a D/G box, three drone switches which produced drones in G, D and C would be really nice! Any offers to build one?  (:)

I'd be surprised if someone hasnt tweaked a box or two with some type of switch permitting "automatic" activation of one or two keys.  Given the affordability and accessibiliyy of old, basic boxes this instrument begs for experimentation...where are the melodeon-playing inventors and engineers?  I don't qualify--the best I do is hope that my sticky button on my concertina sticks at consonant moments..
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #39 on: April 16, 2012, 05:24:03 PM »

This is quite nice  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndZvzs2AE_g&feature=related

Look at this wonderful instrument  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPfvPWbzfJk&feature=related

Both instruments are made by the same builder (mine is also made by him) ... http://www.weichselbaumer.cc
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