Minstrel model Hurdy-gurdy
An ideal beginner's instrument in a small package
The Minstrel model has all the essential features of a larger French style instrument without the higher price. It has a full chromatic keyboard and the trompette (buzzing bridge), so it is the ideal instrument for a beginner who wants a full-featured hurdy-gurdy. The scale length and key spacing is the same as our larger hurdy-gurdies, so you can learn on the Minstrel and transfer your skills easily to another instrument in the future.
The Minstrel is quieter and more compact, making it an excellent hurdy-gurdy for vocal accompaniment and for travel. It is easier to keep tuned and adjusted than the larger instruments, and is very stable. It's also very resistant to abuse: one survived having a pail of water dumped over it by a prankster (please don't try this at home)!
Standard Features:Chromatic keybox - 24 keys arranged in two rows, similar to a piano keyboard
Three strings - one chanter (melody string) and two drones
Trompette - the chien (dog), used for rhythmic accompaniment
Geared tuning machines
Includes:DVD: The Care and Feeding of your Volksgurdy
Accessories - rosin, cotton, tools, and strap
Soft case - made
of Cordura, specially fitted to the instrument
For details on these features and options, see the Minstrel Options
For the base price on this model and prices on the options, see the pricelist.
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