currently in stock and ready for immediate delivery.
1982 J C Boudet Lute back.
This is a chance to own a hurdy-gurdy
by possibly the best modern maker. Boudet's instruments
have a well deserved reputation for the highest quality of materials
This D/G lute back was made in 1982, the same year that Boudet won the 1st prize des Métiers d"Art.
It is stamped "vielle détude " so was built less expensively. The
pegbox is in walnut so doesn't match the keybox and the head is not the
traditional design. the wheel is maple laminates but is perfectly
true . The wheel slot in the soundboard is wider than necessary.
When I acquired it, the previous owner had decided to sand off the
varnish for some undisclosed reason. It has now been re-finished in my
modern lacquer so has a silk sheen.
The axle system runs perfectly and tuning pegs have been replaced with "Peghed" geared tuners.
It is being sold with a "Gama" semi rigid case of the same period.
Gourd bodied Hurdy-gurdies
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.
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 10 very happy customers around the world who own my "gourdies" and have found no problems with them.
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.
This one has 3 drones, 2 chanters and trompette.Tuners are
"Peghed" 4:1 gear ratio .Passive internal piezo pickup fitted. Spruce soundboard and particularly
pretty flamed maple for the keybox lid etc. Tuned D/G.