Hurdy-Gurdy

Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy

Hurdy-Gurdy

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Model Size: 15,7*6.5*8,7 in (40*16,5*22 cm)

Package size: 14,9*6.7*2 in (37,8*17*5 cm)

Number of components: 292

Estimated time for assembly: 4-5 hours

Ugears keeps expanding the creative world of hobbies and opening an assembly process as an exciting game. Inspired by the art of Celtic and Scandinavian medieval craftsmen and enriched by smart engineering of the XXI century Ugears is introducing — Hurdy-Gurdy – the world’s first mechanical musical model and the genuine gem of the collection. It is the most extraordinary mechanical model kit which is all-in-one: model for self-assembly, toy and fully fledged musical instrument. The Hurdy-Gurdy plays dancing melodies, from folk to modern, being the bridge between the medieval times and the present day. The unique blend of the joy of creation, playing music, and engineering and design. Just build it together with your own hands and feel like Stradivari or a popular Hurdy-Gurdy star! The Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy model was successfully launched on Kickstarter in July, 2017

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About the Hurdy-Gurdy:
History
The hurdy-gurdy is a string instrument that produces a sound resembling one of a bagpipe by a hand-turned wheel rubbing against the strings working similarly to a violin and a fiddle bow. The history of this instrument begins in the 15th century. One of the earliest forms of the hurdy-gurdy was the organistrum (a portable organ) in Medieval Europe. After some modifications it became a common instrument among travelling musicians in England and went through its renaissance period in the later 17th-18th centuries as more of the noble class musical instrument for the amusement of the rich. Those instruments were decorated by craftsmen with inlays

and carving and had the built-in hurdy-gurdy mechanism into the guitar or lute body. Some call the Hurdy-Gurdy music "a medieval rock’n’roll", which we find pretty cool. It captured us and we decided to create the Ugears' version of the Hurdy-Gurdy.

Idea

Based on the 15th Century organistrum, Ugears has created an intricately detailed, fully functional mechanical version of this medieval instrument. The finished model looks remarkably akin to the original 16th century hurdy gurdy, giving it a wonderfully medieval aesthetic. This wooden attractive and educational model has a highly detailed exquisite décor of the body crafted in romantic style and turns the assembly and playing process into an exciting game and brings you hours of pleasure and fun.

Engineering Hurdy-Gurdy
The design of the Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy is based on the original prototype, therefore it includes the body, front and back decks, gears, crank (handle), wheel, neck, tuning pegs or hitch-pins, strings and tangent box that altogether form a single beautiful instrument. This self-assembled mechanical musical model is super easy to play, creating sound as the hand-turned wheel rubs against the melody and bourdon strings.
The Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy’s tuning pegs have a gear reduction mechanism for finer sound tuning of the melody and bourdon strings.
For a more clear sound you can switch off the bourdon string using a little lever in the keybox. Also we added the gear reduction mechanism into the crank (handle) to increase the number of wheel’s rotations. This allowed us to get a smoother and richer sound and preserve the compact size of the model itself.
6 keys are spring-loaded with rubber bands and little cranks in the keybox to ensure softer and more convenient play. Also the Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy has a special mechanism to adjust the height of both strings (melody and bourdon string) on the bridge and the beautiful planetary gears mechanism inside the body.
The length of the melody and the bourdon string is 250 mm (from bridge to the nut). The length of the strings between the middle of

the wheel to the bridge is 30 mm.

Assembling Hurdy-Gurdy

The Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy comes with everything needed for assembly. All the pieces are precut into the plywood boards and are easily removed for assembly following the detailed instructions provided. The only non-wood parts, by necessity, are the two strings that rub against the crank powered wheel and the rosin used to wax it. Estimated assembly time of the Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy is 4-5 hours for beginners and less time for professional builders. Assembles without glue or special tools and without toothpicks.

Tuning Hurdy-Gurdy
The model has a melody string for playing melodies and a bourdon string for a background sound. 6 keys correspond to 6 notes that are played by pushing the key while rotating the crank. The released keys provide one more, seventh, note. The second (bourdon) string is tuned by tuning the peg in unison to the melody string or in any melodic interval (quart, quint, octave). The construction kit

includes pieces of rosin to wax the wheel and improve the sound.

Playing Hurdy-Gurdy
The Hardy-Gurdy by Ugears is a full-fledged musical instrument. It’s easy to play dancing melodies, from folk to modern. To start the music flowing, the player just need to crank the handle with one hand to kick off a drone sound from the bourdon and melody strings. Pushing the wooden buttons with the fingers of the other hand changes the pitch of the melody string, as "spring-loaded" wooden blocks essentially shorten the string. Ugears will include some tablature with the kit to get newbies off to a flying start. The instruction manual and a dedicated Hurdy-Gurdy landing page on Ugears website ugearsmodels.com will also include sheet music
(tablatures), tips for assembling, tuning and playing Hurdy-Gurdy and musical lessons of playing Hurdy-Gurdy

Shipping

Currently we don't provide delivery outside of Canada.

Orders over CA$9.90 qualify for free domestic shipping. A shipping rate of CA$9.90 applies to orders under CA$9.89. Priority Shipping is CA$19.50.

There is one business day processing, so generally the delivery will take between 2 and 5 business days with standard shipping and 1-3 business days with priority shipping, depending on your location. Orders are not shipped or delivered on weekends. If there will be a significant delay in shipment of your order, we will contact you via email or telephone.

Please double check your billing and shipping address when placing an order as we are unable to reroute packages.

Pick Up

Unfortunately this option is unavailable at the moment.  

Back-order/Pre-Order

Items listed as pre- or back-ordered are still available for purchase and we will send them over to you as soon as we’re stocked up. We will stay in touch to keep you up to date on the status of your order. Please keep in mind that your card will be charged once the order is placed and processed.

30 DAY RETURN POLICY

At Remarkable Gifts LLC (UGEARS Canada), we stand behind each and every one of our models and ensure your purchase with our 30-days guarantee return policy. If you are not completely satisfied with your item, simply return it for a full return/refund.

Items can be returned within 30 days after the date of a purchase either for a full refund of an original purchase of an item or an exchange for a product of an equal value.

Items returned after 30 days from the date of an original receipt are not eligible for a refund/ exchange.

Shipping and handling costs are not included in the refund amounts.

Only the unused items in the original unopened package are eligible for return.

All returns must include the original receipt or a proof of purchase. 

PACKAGE YOUR RETURN

Please, package your return purchased item along with all original accompanying materials that were shipped with the item into a securely sealed shipping box. Mail all return items along with receipts/proof of purchase to:

Remarkable Gifts LLC, 195 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 

RETURN PROCESS

We will inspect your returned item and make a decision about return/refund eligibility within 2-4 business days.

Once an item is accepted for return, Remarkable Gifts LLC will issue a full refund, exchange, or credit within 10-20 business days.

Once an order return processing started, it can be cancelled within 1 business day from the date of initial processing. After that time, an order can not be cancelled. However, it still may be returned within a 30-day return period for refund, credit, or exchange.

Please, keep in mind that Remarkable Gifts LLC is not responsible for the loss/damage of shipped items during the return process.

At Remarkable Gifts LLC we are constantly reinventing and reimagining our models. If you have feedback you would like to share with us, please contact us info@ugears-models.ca and share your thoughts! We appreciate your suggestions and are grateful for feedback. Your opinion matters when we are reviewing our existing models and are in a process of developing new ones. 

REFUNDS (IF APPLICABLE)

We will notify you when we receive your returned item. Please allow 2-4 business days as we inspect returned an item and make a decision whether or not an item is eligible for a full refund/replacement.

Upon approval you refund will be issued and reimbursed to the original method of payment. Refunds and exchanges do not include packaging or shipping costs. 

DELAYED/MISSING REFUNDS (IF APPLICABLE)

If your refund has not been issued within the indicated number of days, please check your payment account. If the refund has not been applied to your payment account contact your bank as it may take additional time for your refund to reflect on your account. There is often a processing delay before refunds are posted.

If you are still not able to locate your refund after completing the steps above, please contact us at info@ugears-models.ca. 

SALE ITEMS

Only regular priced items are eligible for replacement/refund. 

EXCHANGES (IF APPLICABLE)

The only items eligible for replacement/refund are the ones that were received defective or damaged.

If you need to exchange a defective/damaged item, contact us via the e-mail: info@ugears-models.ca

We review your claim and notify you whether or not your item is eligible for replacement. You then should mail your item back to us along with an original receipt/proof of purchase to:

Remarkable Gifts LLC, 195 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

Customer Reviews

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K
K.J.

Hurdy-Gurdy

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d.h.
Hurdy Gurdy

What a wonderful and interesting instrument! I also went on line to check out modern Hurdy Gurdys. My Dad is a musician, so I built it for him. He has never seen one before, and still hasn't, but knows about it. Thank you for a fun and educational model.

J
J.P.

Very well made. Excellent instructions. Great fun to put together. A piece of functional art.

B
B.L.
Hurdy Gurdy

What a great build. Excellent product easy and fun to do. Clear and percise instructions. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Will definitely be buying another.😊👍

J
J.B.
Excellent piece of artwork

This is the most interesting model I have ever built. The parts fit togeher perfectly and the pictorial instructions are easy to follow. The finished model is a beautiful and intricate piece of art for display purposes. As a musical instrument it isn't particularly good, but it does actually work. I have broken the strings a few times, but found that regular monofilament fishing line of a similar gauge works just fine.

NO GLUE CONNECTION 

SELF-ASSEMBLY

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