HURDY GURDIES (WHEEL FIDDLES): MODELS AND CHARACTERISTICS
 


General characteristics

-String length = 371 mm for a 24 button keyboard
-Mahogany wheel laminated across the grain for maximum stability with a maple friction band
-Steel axle which rotates upon two ball bearing fittings
-Crank knob which rotates upon a steel axis upon two ball bearing fittings
-Bridge made of Sycamore or Maple with a fine central laminate across the grain for optimum stability
-Keys: Ebony sliding rods and Ebony or Rosewood buttons
-Screwed metallic tangents
-Hand finished lacquer

-The different models which are described include the next standards, six strings in total: two chanters, two drone strings and two trompettes; Scrolled Pegbox with six machine heads. All of these can be added to according to your needs, Check the additional options section




HURDY GURDY VR-08

-Maple sides and back and Sitka Spruce soundboard
-Equally wheel axle as Crank knob axle rotate upon ball bearing fittings which offer the utmost precision
-24 button keyboard, two whole chromatic octaves, unlike the traditional one with 23 buttons
-Functional pegbox with 6 machine heads of high precision which facilitate of the full both the stringing and the tuning
-Strings: 2 chanters, 2 drone strings and 2 trompettes




HURDY GURDY VR-10

-Spruce soundboard without purfling and with two ornamental rosettes for the soundholes. There is the option of two additional rosettes on the keybox
-Back, sides and keybox available in:
1. Maple
2. Walnut
3. Rosewood




HURDY GURDY VR-20


-Spruce soundboard with purfling
-Back, sides and keybox available in:
1. Maple
2. Walnut
3. Rosewood




HURDY GURDY VR-30


-Spruce soundboard with purfling
-Back, sides and keybox available in:
1. Maple
2. Walnut
3. Rosewood




HURDY GURDY VR-40

-Spruce soundboard with purfling and marquetry
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Back, sides and keybox available in:
1. Maple
2. Walnut
3. Rosewood

 



HURDY GURDY VR-50


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Spruce soundboard with purfling and marquetry
-Bowl back and keybox available in:
1. Walnut
2. Rosewood
3. Maple and Walnut (5 ribs of Walnut and 4 of Maple alternated)
4. Maple and Rosewood (5 ribs of Rosewood and 4 of Maple alternated)






HURDY GURDY VR-60


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Spruce soundboard with purfling and marquetry
-Bowl back and keybox available in:
1. Walnut
2. Rosewood
3. Maple and Walnut (5 ribs of Walnut and 4 of Maple alternated)
4. Maple and Rosewood (5 ribs of Rosewood and 4 of Maple alternated)



 



HURDY GURDY VR-70

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Spruce soundboard with purfling or with purfling and marquetry
-Bowl back and keybox available in:
1. Maple
2. Rosewood

This model offers the following options independently of other possible options:
-strings: 4 chanters, 3 trompettes and 3 drone strings
-amplification with 3 pick-ups





Additional options

-chanters: it is possible to add 1 or 2 more until a total of 4
-trompettes: 1 extra until a total of 3
-drone strings: 1 or 2 extra until a total of 4
-Resonance strings: 8 on one side, or even 12 (6 on each side)
-Amplification possibilities with:
-1 pick up for general amplification
-3 pick ups, one for each bridge (chanter, trompettes and drone strings)
-4 pick ups, 2 for the chanter bridge, 1 for the drone strings and 1 for the trompettes
-Adjustable drone string bridge(to regulate the pressure upon the wheel)
-Ebony pegs for traditional pegbox
-Schaller banjo machine heads for traditional pegbox
-Maple carved sculpture for traditional pegbox
-other ornamentations (inlays of figures with bone or pearl)
-Fingerboard for the trompettes
-Fingerboard for the drone strings
-simultaneous key change button for the drone strings and the trompettes
-individual key-changing turning keys for the drone strings and the trompettes
-chanter-raising levers