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    I had some free time today to record this...

    I really love the way these two instruments sound together...

    https://youtu.be/gCiyLgeWnew


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    I play mandolin with a fellow who plays Hurdy Gurdy. I have a collection of great traditional French fiddle tunes that we play together, and it really rocks the house.
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    I often enhance my own OM videos with synthetic legato instruments, but this "medieval synthesizer" is the real thing.
    Also, this hurdy gurdy seems to be a fairly big instrument, compared to the ones I've seen so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan Kersak View Post
    I had some free time today to record this...

    I really love the way these two instruments sound together...

    https://youtu.be/gCiyLgeWnew
    A very nice tribute. Sorry for your loss. Music helps us through.

    P.S.: A question, is that a Stella guitar? The tailpiece reminds me of a Stella 12-string I used to have (maybe those tailpieces were common on other brands too, I don't know). I can't tell from the video what your guitar's binding is, mine was just painted on. I briefly tried to be normal & play my old Stella as a regular 12-string guitar, and then I rebelled and tuned 4 of its courses of strings to a 'proper' tuning, that is, in 5ths (GDAE, octave lower than mandolin) - I was already used to GDAE because of fiddle & mandolin experience, and the longer scale length was no problem because I'd already been plunking around on fifths-tuned tenor banjo and tenor guitar for a while. I didn't like the fat/thin strings mixed together in one course though (on the 12-string), so I changed those to unison strings instead.

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    It is a beautiful tribute.

    One thing confuses me, though. In your other videos, you look right-handed.

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    Yes, one of our Irish group has also sent me some breton tunes to learn, although I really enjoy doing jigs and slip jigs on this thing.

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    It is my Mowry Octave mandolin... Can be seen more clearly here... https://youtu.be/Rbc4z_IB9bg

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    I am right handed. I didn't even notice that the recording software flipped the image. It also didn't sync up the video with music as well this time... but it got the point across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan Kersak View Post
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    It is my Mowry Octave mandolin... Can be seen more clearly here... https://youtu.be/Rbc4z_IB9bg
    Thanks, that sure is a beautiful instrument! Sounds great, and very nicely played.

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    I didn't know this instrument, sounds beautiful! It is the Platypus of the instruments?

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    Always loved hurdy gurdy, glad to see folks are keeping the instrument alive, nice music.

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    Yes it definitely sounds great!
    I've also had a bit of an interest for the hurdy gurdy (and nyckalharpa) for a while now, and this post has made me consider it more seriously.
    Where would you recommend starting to search for one? They're clearly not inexpensive instruments, but what's a ballpark figure for a decent used hurdy would you say?

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    Hmm...not sure about platypus of instruments. It's a pretty old instrument, so maybe others took from it?

    As for where to start. Be cautious...there is a lot of crap, but on the other end there is often quite a bit of snobbery towards good stuff that's doesn't cost 20k!

    This one is an altarwind. They have a great website and are very good people and I love this instrument. It often acts like a puppy. Wherever you go with a puppy everyone wants to see it. And it often surprises me how many people know what the instrument is!

    Also, neil brook in the UK makes some great stuff. Since Celtic music is my main focus altarwind and Neil were who I was drawn too, they both have a musical focus on that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandoNina View Post
    Yes it definitely sounds great!
    I've also had a bit of an interest for the hurdy gurdy (and nyckalharpa) for a while now, and this post has made me consider it more seriously.
    Where would you recommend starting to search for one? They're clearly not inexpensive instruments, but what's a ballpark figure for a decent used hurdy would you say?
    Musicmakers sell a kit (nfi) which would be the least expensive route of entrée; compared with other stringed instruments, building/assembling a gurdy is far easier. They also sell them finished - basic diatonic 1 treble, 2 drone model - not bad for a starter instrument...I had one. For more complicated music, look to a chromatic instrument, as well as a "dog" (rhythmic device) - I don't think the MM gurdy models have dogs, but I haven't looked in a decade or more..

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