Hurdy-gurdy-cello 9-string

Hurdy-gurdy-cello 9-string

Vielle à roue et à manche de longueur vibrante 600 mm, cordes de violoncelle Ré-La-Ré + 6 cordes sympathiques pour ce modèle de vielloncelle 9 cordes. Frettage tempéré en ligature nylon, table en épicéa, éclisses en aulne, fond en bouleau, manche en charme, touche en alisier, mécaniques Wittner à réglage fin, micro Piezzo intégré.

Hurdy-gurdy-cello

Hurdy-gurdy-cello

En vidéo : présentation du dernier modèle 2021 avec cordes sympathiques, ainsi que du modèle précédent et enfin du tout premier modèle de vielloncelle, avec démonstration par un musicien à St-Chartier.

Ci-dessous, le dernier modèle de vielloncelle, fabrication 2021 : vielle à roue et à manche de longueur vibrante 600 mm, cordes de violoncelle Ré-La-Ré. Table en épicéa, éclisses en aulne, fond en bouleau, manche en charme, touche en alisier, mécaniques de guitare basse, micro Piezzo intégré. Voir aussi le modèle avec 6 cordes sympathiques.

 

Ci-dessous le modèle précédent du vieloncelle de l’atelier :

 

And also below, you can see the very first model: It is made the same way as the bowed hurdy-gurdy, the pitch is 1 octave below (tuning GDG, with cello strings), but it doesn’t work in the same way, as the crank handle acts via a right-angle so that it could allow a playing close to the cello playing. The soundboard is made of spruce, the body is made of cherry-tree wood, the neck is made of walnut, the tuning pegs are made of ebony, the tailpiece is made of yew tree, the bridge is made of spruce and the fingerboard is made of chequer-tree.

 

 

Arpeggione

Arpeggione or guitar “da gamba”

This instrument is also called cello-guitar or guitar di borbone…

Having no endpin, unlike cello (but of course I can put one if you wish), the arpeggione has to be played holding it between the knees. This instrument was invented by the instrument-maker Johann Georg Staufer in 1823, as a declined model of a guitar. In the “Arpeggione” sonata by Franz Schubert (D821), the arpeggione part is nowadays often played with arrangements for various instruments, like cello, alto cello, double bass and guitar.

Travel cello

Travel cello

Violoncelle électroacoustique à encombrement minimum (largeur totale avec la pique = 103 cm), manche réglable (action des cordes). Table en épicéa, corps et manche en érable ondé, touche en palissandre. Mécaniques à bain d’huile de guitare basse, micro Fishman dans chevalet Despieu + micro Piezzo passif intérieur avec réglage volume.

Hurdy-gurdy

Hurdy-gurdy with a neck

Mai 2019 : nouvelle fabrication, nombreuses améliorations : axe, mécanique, système de palier.
Ce nouveau modèle est équipé d’un système de débrayage des cordes en laiton et d’une facilité de positionnement du protège roue pour le réglage des cotons. Manche en noyer, fond et éclisses en pommier, table en épicéa, il existe en teinte naturelle claire ou en brun. Plusieurs options sont disponibles : des mécaniques Pegheds imitation chevilles ébène pour violon, un micro Piezzo interne, l’ajout de 7 frettes nylon.

Sous la nouvelle série de photos, les vidéos et explications avec les anciens modèles sont toujours valables !

The video below shows the hurdy-gurdy and explains how to apply cotton to the strings.

I’m the only instrument-maker of this instrument in the world. It was inspired by the mozarabic era (10-11th century), it is a free and personal interpretation of this instrument…  It is a 6-string model (nylon strings), the tuning is CGD or GDG + 3 sympathetic strings tuned G, D or C. The neck is fretless, the fingerboard is made of walnut with frets indicators, the sound post is made of spruce. It’s all made of solid wood: there is an arched (or a carved) soundboard made of solid spruce, walnut, cherry-tree wood or apple-tree wood, the neck is made of lime-tree wood, the bridge is made of maple, the wheel cover is made of spruce, the tailpiece is made of rowan, there are Gf tuning machines, a wooden crank, a metallic axis with Teflon mechanical bearing. It’s natural varnished, and there are 2 strap buttons. There’s an optional inner piezo mic with a jack plug.

As illustrated below: the hurdy-gurdy that belonged to Michael Praetorius (this is the only documentation borrowed from a Spanish colleague that I could find for this instrument) and the various models of hurdy-gurdies made in the workshop in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Yayli tanbur

Yayli tanbur

The Turkish yayli tanbur inspired me to create this instrument (bowed “tanbur”, major instrument of Ottoman classical music). It is played with a bow, with 2 strings played : A-D (cello strings D-A) and 6 sympathetic strings tuned A-D-A.The drum and resonator are made of walnut, there’s a synthetic drumhead, included Piezzo microphone, guitar tuning machines, nylon frets, tempered fretting marks.

Bowed viol

Bowed viol

The scale length is the same as the one of a tenor violon. The body is made of solid alder and spruce veneer as for the soundboard and maple for the back. In the video, you can see the bowed viol and its first 8-string model:

Among the pictures below, you can see a double-neck model: the added neck allows to add 5 more sympathetic strings to generate a natural reverb.

 

5-string bowed viol

5-string bowed viol

The model shown below is tuned DGDGD, the soundboard is made of spruce, walnut monoxyl, the back and the sides are made of walnut, the fingerboard and the tailpiece are made of chequer-tree, there are viola strings (it’s possible to put gut strings on it), there are Pegheds tuning pegs and an inner piezo mic.

The model below is tuned DGDGD, the soundboard is made of spruce, lime-tree monoxyl, the back is made of curly maple, the neck is made of walnut wood, the fingerboard is made of chequer-tree, there are Pegheds tuning pegs, an inner piezo mic.

And just below, you can see the first 5-string bowed viol: tuning DGEAE (same as a cello), the soundboard and the back are made of walnut wood, lime-tree monoxyl, there’s a piezo mic, and Wittner tuning pegs.

Viola da gamba

Viola da gamba

The video shows the viola da gamba and the treble viol:

The soundboard is made of spruce, the back and the sides are made of apple-tree wood, it’s also available in cherry-tree wood, walnut or curly maple, the neck is made of walnut, the fingerboard is made of service tree (with nylon ligatures). There are guitar tuning machines because they are easier to use and more precise, the bridge and the tailpiece are made of chequer-tree. This viola da gamba is free and personal inspirational and it can be declined in various models: student model or concert model…

That’s how the da gamba family has expanded, step by step: viola bass, treble viol, tenor model, 7-string model.

Cello

Cello

The instrument is shown in the first video, and Fabienne Condi played a small cello tune in the second one.

The soundboard is made of spruce, the back and the sides are made of maple, the neck is made of apple-tree wood, the fingerboard is made of service tree (nylon ligatures are put on request), the tuning pegs are made of ebony, the tailpiece and the bridge are made of hawthorn.