"I can´t express with words how wonderful is my new instrument. Everything is perfect: the details, the finish, the sound, the design... I have received the best treatment of Anwyn and George. The communication during all this time has been excellent, and Anwyn and George have answered every doubt I had. They also have adviced me since the beginning, guiding me to the best option for me. I´m extremely happy with my instrument: the relationship between price and quality is excellent. The quality of the sound is superb, clean and wonderful. Everybody loves it.
Thank you so much for everything. Lots of hugs for you!!!!!
Cristina Sánchez, Cuenca, Spain.
"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
Note: You can hear Ed's band 'Atlantic Wave' by visiting their website http://www.atlanticwave.us/
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 a day.
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 the case.
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