Chris Allen & Sabina Kormylo - Luthiers


Jaques Callo c1624 print - reversed Custom Hurdy Gurdy based on a 1623 print "Beggar Playing Hurdy Gurdy" by Jaques Callot.

The instrument has seven strings: two bourdons, three chanterelles, one mouche and one trompette.

This instrument is in D/G tuning with a third chanterelle added in A to produce parallel organum.

It is fitted with 3 trompette capos to give tunings of C, D, E or G. It is also fitted with 2 capos on the petit bourdon string making C, D and E available.

The range of the chanterelles is extended downwards by two lockable extra keys to make either C# or C leading note available.

Flamed maple is used througout with very traditional colouring and shellac finish.

The sound is very full, well balanced and sweet, the five capos give the player a choice of wide range of keys and musical colours.
 
 
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Plan view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Open view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Side view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   End view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Key detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Lid detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Sound hole detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Wheel end detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo





Custom Hurdy Gurdy with inlaid ebony and mother of pearl decoration on a cat and mouse theme.

This instrument is a copy of an historic Colson luteback. It is in G/C tuning with a third chanterelle added in D. It is fitted with geared pegs and has a trompette capo to enable rapid and accurate changing from G to C tuning.

There is a switchable device which causes a small silver mouse to pop out of a hole in the keybox when the instrument is played.

The carved cat head on the peghead was created by the customer and copied onto the instrument.
 
 
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Side view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Overhead view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Head detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Clasp decoration on custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Chanterelle detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Head and Capo of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Capo detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Mouse and cheese device on custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Cat inlay detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo





A lute-back Hurdy Gurdy in yew inlaid with walnut and mother of pearl decoration on a "leaves through the seasons" theme.

This instrument is based on an historic Colson luteback. It is in G/C tuning with two unison chaterelles in G and a third chanterelle added in low G. It has 2 trompettes in C. It is fitted with geared pegs and has two trompette capos to enable rapid and accurate changing from G to C tuning.

The carved head on the peghead was created by the customer and copied onto the instrument.
 
 
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Top view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   End clasp view of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Keybox detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Trompette detail on custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Capo detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo   Tailpiece detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo

Inlay detail of custom Hurdy Gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo


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