Friday, 11 August 2017

Kravik Lyre demonstration and tuning with a guitar tuner.

Tuning the Kravik lyre to A C D E F G A Tuning at A440 pitch for playing with other instruments using a simple Snark Guitar tuner,  available on amazon and music shops.

Kravik Lyres come into their own when plucked,  here is a demonstration of the rich heartwarming sound these instruments can produce, contrasted with some brash strumming.

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7 String Practice/Viking Lyre

The practice/travel lyre is the most compact and light 7 string Lyre I make,  the difference between this and the Viking version which has a longer sound box in sound is like comparing a soprano ukulele to a tenor ukulele, more emphasis on the treble.   I can build this instrument with a red cedar soundboard to add more warmth if required.

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Made to order (usually 1-2 months ) aiming to build 4 or 5 a year of these budget models

21" long travel / practice budget lyre. 7 strings 
A c d e F g a tuning 
Reduced in size for compactness and strength 

Perfect travel or practice lyre with the same strings spacing and tuning as my Kraviklyra

Made of spruce and poplar with maple head, glued construction from separate pieces, not hollowed.
simple brown stain, oil-shellac finish light and resonant 

Zither pins and fluorocarbon strings. 

Comes with tuning key 

This is a spruce top and backed model.    other stain colours may be possible.

I can also do a natural cedar top and walnut version for £500 as a custom model

****Full size "viking" lyre available with 7 strings also (see drop down menu on etsy)
Same A C d e F g a tuning but longer 24" length and full sized soundboard. different wood options available through custom order

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

├ępinette des Vosges by Michael J King 2017

├ępinette des Vosges available to order:
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Kravik Lyre tuning with Fingers and key

Kravik lyre G b c d e f g  tuning example,

Instruments, plans, parts, and accessories available to order.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Anglo Saxon Lyre: Playing demonstration ( Standard 2016 model)

online shop where you can buy Lyre tailpieces, strings,  plans, Instruments and much more,

In this video, I show my new easy to fit Lyre tailpiece,  fitted to my Standard and student Lyre models from 2016,  available from either separate or as an additional extra with the String sets I supply.  

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Anglo Saxon Lyre: Making and fitting the tailpiece

This is the first of a couple of "lyre Shop" videos showing how to fit accessories that I sell at my online shop,       This is a new tailpiece that is much easier to fit than the wire bound ones I used to supply for Nylon and Synthetic Strung lyres.  This tailpiece means you can easily replace a tailpiece even if it's threaded through like the Kravik Lyre ones.

Monday, 1 August 2016

11 String Kantele: Tuning newly fitted set of strings

Just a quick video after fitting strings and re-tuning the instrument before delivery.   This was a standard Cherry and Cedar instrument but this customer ordered a  Custom model older style of case, solid wood, dovetailed with old fashioned hook and latch hardware, leather handle,  all recycled pine material.

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