Current Stock.

The instruments below are currently in stock and ready for immediate delivery.



Gourd bodied Hurdy-gurdies

For the last few years, I have been developing hurdy-gurdies based on using natural gourds for the bodies. This all began with a whim to build a hurdy-gourdy . I was immediately impressed by the tone, volume and projection of the first one and subsequent gurdies to the same design have proved that the concept is good.

Each instrument is unique as it must be designed around the shape of each gourd. This means that the build time is longer than that of my regular designs. I do have so much fun building them that I am not charging for the extra time involved .

I have 5 very happy customers around the world who own my "gourdies" and have found no problems with them.

Here are the ones that are currently for sale :

Large 3 chanter Gourdy

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This is something of a tour de force. the challenge was to squeeze as many strings as possible into what is essentially still a small hurdy-gurdy.

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The body is a bottle gourd from Kenya which was decorated with the horizontal stripes by the maker. The gourd was patchy and not attractive so has been finished in a black varnish. The piezo output socket can be seen just below the peg box.

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Here is a shot showing the remote disconnectors for 3 drones and the  capo for one of the 2 trompettes.
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There is a lot going on here. The chanters are currently tuned d', g', d". Replacing the g' with a d gives a 3 octave spread of d which is an awesome combination. The drones are at D, G, d and trompettes are c'/d' (capo) and g'.

Tuning is with the "Peghed" 4:1 geared tuners.


The built in passive piezo pickup works very well and gives a good blend of the strings without the need for knob twiddling. You do , of course, need a quality acoustic amplifier.


Pricing is difficult but basing the totals around the Wren plus the extras, it comes out at  2107 . A Probag soft case is included.

You can see a youtube clip of the instrument <<< here >>>

" Normal " !!  Hurdy-gourdies

The design of these is a bit radical admittedly but the instruments have proved to be light, stable and have none of the 'scratchiness' that small gurdies often have. The tone tends to be even right up the fingerboard with no key rattle problems.
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These two were built from the two halves of a kettle gourd which I imported from Idaho - yes, it's not easy to find these things !

The one on the left has 3 drones, 2 chanters and trompette.Tuners are "Peghed" 4:1 gear ratio.  Spruce soundboard and particularly pretty flamed maple for the keybox lid etc. Tuned D/G.
Price  1415.

The one on the right has a Victorian mahogany soundboard which gives a warmer tone . Tuned in D/G, it has 2 drones, 2 chanters and trompette plus a built in peizo pickup. Tuners are "Peghed" 4:1 gear ratio .
Price  1375.