Customer Comments and Reviews
"First, let me say that George's hurdy gurdies are absolutely fantastic. I play professionally, and am thrilled and delighted
with the instrument in every way. The instrument is very solid, and definitely up to travel. I play it on gigs 2-4 times
It is as beautiful to look at as it is solid. I get the most admiring "ohhs" and "ahhs" as I take it out of
How about the sound? Rich, beautiful, and resonant. I am continually delighted and amazed at how the instrument
seems to grow in sound each time I play it. Just last night, as I was changing the cotton on the low drone string, it suddenly
seemed to reach a new level of deep resonance. (And it sounded just great all along...)
I do a lot composing on different instruments.
I can honestly say that since getting this Hurdy Gurdy I've been inspired without a lapse in creativity. In fact, I just pick
up the instrument and it seems to just play new melodies all by itself! I think that the better the instrument, the easier it is to
create music on it, whether your own or someone else's. And as a composer, I'm more than happy with the inspiration and ease
of composing this instrument offers."
Jim Kendros, Chicago, Illinois
"George & Anwyn,
First, I have been having a blast with the hurdy gurdy. We're working it into more and more sets with our band.
I also bring it with me to the weekly sessions I lead in town.
I thought you'd like to know that I entered a national Irish music
competition (Fleadh) in Chicago a few weeks back. I prepared four tunes on the hurdy gurdy for the "Miscellaneous Instrument" category.
The hurdy gurdy attracted a great deal of attention over the weekend. Much to my surprise, I won first place in the competition, qualifying
me for the "All Ireland" World Championship. I played a slow air (The Maids of Araglen), a March (O'Sullivan's), a set dance (Jockey
to the Fair), and a jig (Jim Ward's).
I sincerely hope all is well by you guys--Altarwind is awesome!
-Ed Paloucek, Helenville WI
Dear Anwyn and George, you have both been a pleasure to work with. My new hurdy gurdy is even better than I expected it to be
(and I expected it to be wonderful in the first place!). The craftsmanship is superb, and most importantly, it sounds superb;
it practically plays itself in that when it's tuned up (which is also easy to do because it's well made!), it literally "sings!"
Having been a musician for many years, I can honestly say that I appreciate your informed, professional, friendly and responsive personalities.
Plus, the features that you offer on your gurdys are outstanding (i.e. the Marshall Plate, on/off buttons, easily adjustable bridges,
etc). You have taken hurdy gurdy technology to a whole new level with your creativity and understanding of the mechanisms
It just doesn't get any better than this. Thank you, both, for sharing your skills and wisdom; moreover, thanks
for creating such wonderful instruments and know that in me, you have a client and a friend for life. :-)
-Brent Cordial, Marietta,
"I just wanted to thank you for my beautiful instrument. It arrived safely and I just love playing it. A musician friend
of mine couldn't believe how inexpensive this finely crafted instrument was. I've been breaking it in this week and it's starting
to sound awesome. I have been playing it so much that I actually woke up last night on my couch with my hurdy gurdy still
in my lap. Well I gotta go, I think I hear my hurdy gurdy calling. Keep up the great work." Mike B, Pittsburgh,
Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett