Description & Features:
This box shaped model is patterned after the early medieval hurdy gurdies that were popular from 1,000
a.d. - 1,300 a.d. It has a quieter more subtle voice, which lends nicely to medieval music or vocal accompaniment.
We revamped the old medieval design with modern enhancements (metal tangents, drone capos, and more), and turned it into
the most complete hurdy gurdy package at it's price point. Click on items in list below for more info.
2 melody strings
2 drone strings
Trompette / chien /the 'dog' (buzzing bridge)
Gut strings standard
All hardwood construction for best
Fully adjustable tangents
Hinged lid for easy
access to wheel & tangents
NEW! Now includes metal tangents
NEW! Now includes soft
Buy with confidence-
1 year warranty
We provide a one year warrantee with all our hurdy gurdies,
but we build them to last a lifetime.
"The Madeline arrived today, sound and safe (seems only right to put it that way for a musical instrument!) Naturally, it's
love at first sight (and first sound). Precisely what I was hoping for. Bravo! Many, many thanks especially for all your
patient attention to my many questions and special requests. Thanks also for your affordability, promptness, and kindness."
Delightedly, Zzoe R., Saugerties, New York more...
QUESTION: Why is this model so much less than your others? Why the price difference?
ANSWER: The box shape
takes less time for us to build, hence the savings. While this box shape is authentic to medieval era hurdy gurdies,
it's also not as loud as our other instruments, having a softer voice (after all, it's enclosed in a box!). One important
note: because of the differing way the mechanics are put together (due to box shape) options such as additional strings or
sympathetic strings are not available for this model.
Do you want to compare
our different models of Hurdy Gurdies? Visit our Comparison page.
Our Lesson Book
"Getting Started on The Hurdy Gurdy"
George & Anwyn Leverett
Cotton & Rosin for the Strings
Spare Tangents & spare 'dogs'
(just in case...)
Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett