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Ugears - Hurdy-Gurdy - Laser Cut Wood - 292 Parts

Ugears - Hurdy-Gurdy - Laser Cut Wood - 292 Parts

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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 a true 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

Based on the 15th Century organistrum, Ugears has created an intricately detailed, fully functional 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.

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 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. 

Weight: 3 lbs

Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 8 in

Number of parts: 292

Estimated time of assembly: 4-8 hours

Assembled size: 15,7"x6.5"x8,7" (40*16,5*22 cm)

Difficulty level: Hard, Intermediate

Tools and materials: Made of high quality plywood; assembly requires no glue or cutting

Recommended Age: 14+

5 Stars
Screechy sound but fun build
My first kit of this type. Incredibly intricate, but the directions are step by step and easy to follow. Wax is provided to lubricate moving parts, but after fumbling with some small parts, I discovered a bit of wax on each press in tab makes assembly much easier. There are numerous extra parts, in the off chance one is damaged either in assembly or removal from the sheets. The laser cuts are incredibly fine. Not much of a musical instrument but fun kit to build and looks great.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pensacola . on 9/9/2018

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