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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tha mi sgith - Nordic Lyre, Celtic Harp & Welsh Crwth

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I will be making more Crwths next year,   My Listing is here on etsy


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Anglo Saxon Lyre kits available to order





Hi,

Just an update to say I have Anglo Saxon Lyre kits available to order once again,

These are easier to assemble now, with the soundboard sanded to thickness and cut to shape. Only gluing, sanding, varnishing and stringing up to do. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/544968660/anglo-saxon-lyre-kit-make-your-own-lyre?ref=shop_home_active_1

The standard kit has Fluorocarbon Strings and Zither pins for easy fitting

with options to upgrade to tapered harp pins or Wooden Pegs in the Sutton Hoo Style

Gut strings also if preferred.

The kits will each be prepared to order, (will usually be around 5-6 weeks to delivery)

Putting together one of these will be great introduction to making Anglo Saxon Lyres, giving you a Sutton hoo form instrument in a very quick time with plenty of scope for customisation,

kits included pre-routed and drilled bodies with the soundboard rebate, the soundboard sanded and shaped, animal Glue, strings pegs, key and tailpiece.

Notes will accompany the kit,  (videos already online) 

A copy of the latest Lyre making DVD will be included. 

Let me know if you have any questions 

best wishes

Michael J King








Thursday, 14 September 2017

Talharpa, 4 String Bowed Lyre with C tuning: CgCG





4 String Talharpa, just a quick Sound sample.



pictures here:

https://www.instagram.com/stringdidj/

Instruments available to order here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Thelyreshop

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Antique style 2 String Jouhikko





A quick sound sample of one of the older type 2 string Jouhikkos,



Just put the strings on today,



 A and e tuning for this quick sample.



I am not a bowed instrument player but it gives a quick idea of the sound, This museum replica is a smaller instrument in size with a tiny soundboard,  half the volume of my modern 3 string Jouhikko that has  a longer and deeper curved soundboard with soundpost,



The plans for this are on my Lyre making DVD

https://tinyurl.com/y9jxpzeq

Or available separately as a download here:

https://payhip.com/lyreshop

website

www.michaeljking.com

Antique style 2 String Jouhikko





A quick sound sample of one of the older type 2 string Jouhikkos,



Just put the strings on today,



 A and e tuning for this quick sample.



I am not a bowed instrument player but it gives a quick idea of the sound, This museum replica is a smaller instrument in size with a tiny soundboard,  half the volume of my modern 3 string Jouhikko that has  a longer and deeper curved soundboard with soundpost,



The plans for this are on my Lyre making DVD

https://tinyurl.com/y9jxpzeq

Or available separately as a download here:

https://payhip.com/lyreshop

website

www.michaeljking.com

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.



Purchase these Instruments here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/252918990/kravik-lyre-7-string-viking-lyre-made-of


www.michaeljking.com

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.


Sound sample here:



Overview and demonstration:





Shop for these here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/532036703/7-string-travel-practice-viking-lyre

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

specs:
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

www.michaeljking.com

Instagram for up to date pictures
https://www.instagram.com/stringdidj