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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2012, 06:06:27 PM »



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

Lovely!
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2012, 05:45:11 PM »

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)

Yes and it allowed him the luxury of becoming the purveyor of fine built-in cupboards, to me and my missus among other people. Here he is, with cupboard in the backgound. www.youtube.com/watch?v=twX-ctnN8EQPS
Just shows where playing the Gurdy can get you.
ps his tune, Hallsway Schottische, is very nice on the melodeon too - www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEiGvUNNZhQ
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #42 on: April 17, 2012, 06:30:40 PM »

Just took delivery of my gurdy...played a few tunes (mostly just "merrily kissed the quaker" and variations) and it plays pretty well (considering I've never used a gurdy before)...occasionaly get a horrid "squeak" out of my chanter...or maybe it is the higher drone (don't yet know my full terminology)--but considering its price, quality, and my inexpertise, I'm sure it can be made better...perhaps a little cotton here, a little rosin there...  Quite fun.  I do love its sound: quite pipe-like

I'm mostly lazy...so gurdy and melodeon are my favorites these days!
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #43 on: April 17, 2012, 09:46:29 PM »

YOu only have to push the buttons lightly!  Wow, I'm amazed how much easier it feels..I love it. 

btw this appears likely to be a kit instrument from "Musicmakers" http://www.harpkit.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=hurdy which evidently sells for about $600...Built it appears to be $1K.  I'd say not a bad price at all for such a well functioning instrument
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Re: Am I lost? hurdy gurdy...
« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2012, 06:19:14 PM »

Of course "Amazing Grace" is easy to play and sounds good.  The key action is delicate and my gurdy requires a bit of finesse to pull a good tone from all the stops...faster tunes are challenging.  But I've been looking for a suitable instrument (besides my hammered dulcimer) to play "The Frieze Britches" since hearing Liam O'Flynn's rendering http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzf6ILjdyPA  -- I'm not apt enough on fiddle nor melodeon to play the drones to my liking, although I do play them both

...in fact, since seeing this only for the first time late last year I've been smitten mostly for this music.  TFB gounds great on my HD, and of course different, evocative and satisfying on gurdy.

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