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Anglo Saxon Lyre (Ash and Beech)



I made this lyre for my dad as a christmas present. The body is English ash, the soundboard is beech plywood (since I can't afford the kind of price that luthiers charge for thinned hardwoods of a better quality. Plywood does just fine, but isn't as attractive or durable is all.) I used zither pins for the pegs for speed, since I don't have a hole and peg reamer, and didn't think I'd have time to make traditional pegs. That means it's strung with ordinary guitar strings rather than the traditional animal gut. The planchette is held on with natural leather thong, but I used a guitar strap button to anchor it rather than the usual dowel, again for speed purposes. It also means you can hang it from an ordinary guitar strap. It's finished in Dutch Oil and homemade organic beeswax polish. The design was laser-etched into the wood for accuracy, but the outline was mostly hand-cut. The sound hole cover was laser engraved and cut.
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Dec 22, 2019, 5:08:48 PM
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This is a great instrument. You can really be proud of it. There are always things, you can make better- even if you have build a hundred of them.

Plywood is not a bad choice. Even some guitars you can buy in music shops use plywood. And zither pins are not a bad choice, too. They have less problems than wood pegs. The same is about nylon strings vs. gut strings. You can use fishing line, too. It works really well.

Only the leahter at the tailpice could be a problem. Leather has problems with the permanent tension- you schould replace that.

But still, a great instrument. I know, what i am talking about; i have build a few of them :)