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Various tunings

There are currently two kinds of tunings :

In conclusion, one can say that if no tuning obtains the unanimity among the hurdy-gurdy player, it is because both of them have their qualities and one can find one or the other interesting depending on the instrument. Each one will thus choose, after a few tests, the one which he finds is more suitable, althrough the ideal is to have two hurdy-guries and use the two tunings...

The choice's strings

Each one following its tastes, must carry out some tests to determine the best diameter to use for each string. That is why it is convenient to use, for the unwound strings, the strings of a diatonic toothing-stone in non-varnished bowel, because they are long (1.2 m) and there are all the diameters.

For information only, you can spend about 44 FF for a complete strings sets (in the case of a hurdy-gurdy with 6 strings). Those can be obtained at SAVAREZ, MANUCORDE (through violin makers oer merchants of music) or at SOFRACOB (unwound strings - to ask their catalogue the (33).04.74.53.32.30 - sale with the private individuals).

Some indications for the choice of the diameters :
Click on the tuning's name to hear the sonority.

Melody strings
tune in g'
E n15 (3rd octave)
or d of violin
or SAVAREZ BRH 94
or SOFRACOB DT 94
Trumpet string
tune c'
B n18 (3rd octave)
or d of violin
or SAVAREZ BRH 94
or SOFRACOB DT 94
Alto drone
tune in g
B n25 ( 4th octave )
or a of cello
or SAVAREZ BRH 109
or SOFRACOB DT 110
Tenor drone
tune in c
g of cello (wound string)
SAVAREZ BF 422
Bass drone
tune in G or C
C of cello (wound string)
SAVAREZ BF 1002


Melody String 1
tune in d"
A n5 ( 1st octave )
or a of violin
or SAVAREZ BRH 74
Melody String 2
tune in d'
B n18 ( 3rd octave )
or d of violin
or SAVAREZ BRH 97
or SOFRACOB DT 98
Trumpet String
tune in d'
B n18 ( 3rd octave )
or d of violin
or SAVAREZ BRH 94
or SOFRACOB DT 94
Alto Drone
tune in g or a
B n25 ( 4th octave )
or a of cello
or SAVAREZ BRH 100
or SOFRACOB DT 100
Tenor Drone
tune in d
g of cello
SAVAREZ BF 402
Bass Drone
tune in D or G
C of cello
SAVAREZ BF 10002


Melody Strings
tune in a"
SAVAREZ BRH 89
Trumpet String
tune en d'
SAVAREZ BRH 104
Alto Drone
tune en a
SAVAREZ BRH 109
Tenor Drone
tune in d
SAVAREZ BF 592
Bass Drone
tune in D
SAVAREZ BF 10002



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Indications and precise for the maintenance and the adjustement of the following elements :


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