We've posted some of our help videos publicly, so now you can get a taste for what's involved learning to play! Check out our 'page for The Moncur-Soundclips and samples, scroll down to find the first several video lessons lower on the page! Have fun checking them out!
Likewise, we've also included them for our 'Madeline' model (The Madeline - Soundclips) scroll down to find the first several video lessons for this model as well!
Now available! Beautiful traditional Christmas carols, arranged specifically for the hurdy gurdy (vielle a roue)! Each piece is provided in two different tunings to work with any hurdy gurdy tuning (g/c and d/g), with performance notes included. If you're not handy reading music, each piece also includes 'play by number' notation, so you can get going right away.
Also featured: Each tune includes a 2nd / alternate part so you can play the songs as duets with another hurdy gurdy player! This song book is certain to become a staple of your holiday music collection.
Get your copy by clicking here!
New soft cases, now available for sale! We designed these to fit a large array of body shapes & measurements, while providing great protection for your instrument! Check out our 'accessories' page for ordering info.
Note: If you're one of our customers, these are automatically included with your new instrument!
We're proud to present 'Mystical Etudes for the Hurdy Gurdy ', by Jim Kendros. This delightful book is a great addition to your hurdy gurdy music library! Now available in our Hurdy Gurdy store. Spiral bound
Our 'Full Monty' model now comes standard with a staved / rounded back. This offers even more comfort while playing, and makes for a lighter weight instrument! The
result: more resonance and an instrument that tucks in comfortably against the player!
The folks who recorded the Witcher soundtrack (Netflix series) released a fun video of their process for one of the tunes (Using their Altarwind Hurdy Gurdy). Check them out on youtube!
In an effort to provide better service to our customers, and also to reduce the heavy demand on our metal working equipment, we are discontinuing sales of our metal tangents to non-Altarwind customers / instruments.
Over the past ten years, we have provided metal tangents to a number of European builders, as well as customers of other makers who wish to upgrade their instruments. Thank you so much for the business over the years! We wish we could continue to provide these parts for you, but due to the complexity involved in constructing metal tangents, combined with limited number of milling machines, we are in a position of limiting this aspect of our business so as to better meet the needs of our customers. We may revisit this in the future as we continue to expand our hurdy gurdy shop with additional equipment.
If you own one of our hurdy gurdies, rest assured that we continue to provide any needed parts (metal tangents and all). We will also continue to offer these superior mechanisms in all our instruments. If you need to purchase metal tangents from us, be sure to have your serial# ready at the time of ordering.
We just finished a fun custom instrument in the shape of a Coffin!
Check out our newly updated 'Hurdy Gurdy Gallery' (menu item: 'More Information')
for more pictures!
Hi everyone! We will be out of the woodshop Feb 14 - Feb 19. Because of our travels during that time, we will be away from the phone & computers (email).
We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
We've got to travel and hear some LIVE 'gurdy music sometime, right?
We'll be back in a few days, to 'crank' out more hurdy gurdies!
by George Leverett, luthier at Altarwind Music