|The Instrument Workshop|
My dreams of adding all sorts of exciting instruments to the Diabolus collection have largely been thwarted by a growing reputation, which seems to be expanding my waiting list in a very gratifying manner. Commissions are coming in regularly from conservatoires, professional performers, students, re-enactors, and other early music obsessives. But don't worry. If you fancy one of the lovely beasties below, it's still measured in months rather than years.
My reconstructions are based on the best evidence currently available. For many of the sixteenth century and later instruments, there are surviving examples in European museums which can be studied, and there is a fair amount of documentary evidence. Earlier instruments rely on rare survivials, illustrations, odd treatises and the constructional experience gained from work on later models.
To order, enquire, or if you're after something that's not listed, please contact me.
Latest : I'm gradually giving each instrument its own page, and uploading more pictures and information. Apologies for the current inconsistent format.
I've had to put my prices up a bit. It's mainly to allow for inflation, but I'm also having to be a bit more realistic about how long certain jobs take. Apologies to the penurous. People who've already ordered - don't worry. You'll get your new toys at the old prices.
|Hurdy-gurdy - "Royal College" model|
|Medieval Psaltery, 3 octave pigsnout|
|Gothic Harp, 25 strings, after Memling||£600|
|Medieval Dulcimer, 2 octaves triple-strung||£300|
|Great big 14th century Italian psaltery with attitude, 1 octave, triple strung||£300|
Delivery - We have to add delivery at cost to these prices, because something like a hurdy-gurdy needs one hell of a carrier pigeon, and they eat seed like there's no tomorrow. Delivery charges vary depending on where you live, so please contact me for a quote and payment details.
Other instruments - Please enquire - we'll give you a quote on most stringy things except runner beans.
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