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RWC Finished & Kit Symphony

 

The symphony is one of the earliest examples of a 'wheel-bowed' instrument, the best known of which is the hurdy gurdy.

Like the hurdy gurdy it is played by turning a rosined wheel which touches the strings causing them to vibrate whilst the different notes are produced by depressing keys which stop the strings at different positions.

But the symphony's wheel is much smaller as it is totally enclosed within the rectangular body of the instrument. The body also acts as the tangent box and houses the soundboard and strings making the symphony an extremely compact instrument.

The symphony produces a quiet melodic sound entirely suitable for indoor playing and vocal accompaniment.

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RWC Finished & Kit Symphony

 

RWC Symphony
The mediaeval pattern chosen for the Renaissance Workshop Company symphony is based on 14th Century iconography and has one melody string (g) set to a diatonic scale and two drones (D / G).

The tangents have been cleverly arranged so that different tuning modes can be set within the diatonic scaling.

Each instrument is entirely hand built to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) by experienced craftsmen and comes with 12 months warranty.

A simple hard case is available as an optional extra if required.

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RWC Finished & Kit Symphony

 

Symphony Kit
The same instrument is offered in kit form for home assembly.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

The simplest of all the wheel-bowed family to build and ideal for the first time kit builder.

Our kit includes a fully dimensioned plan, step-by-step photographs and a detailed instruction manual.

The parts for the body are made from solid cherry and the sides are pre-slotted to ensure complete accuracy of scaling even for the first time builder. Beech tangents and Swiss pine soundboard, a brass handle and a set of gut strings complete this fascinating kit.

A fully dimensioned plan and instruction manual take the builder through the construction of the instrument in a clear and concise manner, with 'step by step' photographs further illustrating each stage.

All the kits Include free access to our customer 'Helpline' should you need any advice on construction, setting-up or playing.

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RWC Finished & Kit Symphony

 

Symphony Plan
You can make the same instrument from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned plan and a set of photographs illustrates each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

 


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