Our Old World Lyre is modern production of one of the most ancient instruments. Order one with nylon strings for a mellow tone or get the wire strings if you are looking for a brighter, bell-like tone.<
The design of this instrument is based primarily on the work of Spanish Lutheir Juan Ramirez Vega. Juan did extensive research on the Iberic Lyre from 900BC. The version that Juan built will be presented in the Madrid University and the Zaragoza Museum.
Here is a video of Juan Ramirez Vega playing the lyre that he designed. We were so impressed with this instrument that we used this design as the basis of our Old World Lyre.
Amazing video of Nicolas Carter with our Wire Strung Old World Lyre
Here is short video featuring the Old World Lyre with wire string, the Renaissance Guitar, and the Cajon.
I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful instrument. I am extremely pleased by both the Old World Lyre and the Gig Bag. They are exactly what I was looking for. I enjoy playing this lyre so much that I am always thinking of songs that I can play upon it. I probably spend more time playing than I should, but hey it is both soothing to listen to and very melodic if you just strum. A big thank you to everyone in your business for making this a pleasant purchase experience.
Hi Matt and everyone at Musicmakers!
I am very happy with my Lil' Lyre and Old World Lyre!
The quality of materials and workmanship on these lyres
is fantastic. I do music programs with children and parents
are involved in some of the programs. Everyone has really
enjoyed both instruments.
It is also nice to come home after a busy day and pick up
the lyre and unwind by playing some relaxing music.
Thanks for building such wonderful instruments. I am saving up
to purchase some more instruments in the new year. I also
am planning on purchasing a kit or two and build some of the
easier instruments. Who knows, I might one day build my very
own harp-that would be a wonderful achievement!