This 22-string Lyre is four pounds of beautiful music, big enough to play both melodies and chords, and small enough to carry around and hold in your lap. Our goals with this instrument was to keep it easy enough for beginners to play, but not limited to a small range or incomplete scale.
Here are two short tracks - one with nylon strings and one with wire strings. Recorded in the same room at the same time with the same mic set up.
Here a couple of videos demonstrating our lyres. This first one is from our friend, Nicolas Carter and features the wire strung instrument.
This second video shows Lynda (the lyre's name sake) demonstrating the nylon strung version.
Here is a video made by our friend Rene from Switzerland.
22 nylon or wire
C Diatonic Tuning
28" long, 14" wide
The Musicmakers Warranty
We allow returns of finished products still in mint condition for refund or credit within 30 days of purchase. Such refunds will be for merchandise returned only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees.
Limited Repair Plan
We will repair or replace, without charge, within five years from date of purchase, any instrument that we built if the materials or workmanship are defective. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS to verify the date of purchase.
AMAZING sound, full and ringing and bright: it immediately became my favorite instrument, and I traveled with it for 6 months last year (planes, trains, automobiles...) I still can't believe how resonant it is--the luthiers who invented this deserve a lot of credit.
I made the wire-strung version from a kit and it was trickier than I expected. You really need a router to trim the (considerable) excess wood from the sound box, as well as a drill press to set the tuning pins properly. The back panel is veneer, unfortunately, so you can't round the edges and it looks kinda ugly. Mine developed 2 vertical hairline cracks in the veneer, and a hairline crack in the soundboard from the bridge down, when it was drying overnight. A year later, though, none of the cracks have enlarged and they don't seem to affect the sound at all, so I'm hoping they're just cosmetic problems.
I haven't yet found a good way to hold it. It's noticeably top-heavy because of the solid frame and light soundbox, and the rounded bottom means it's unsteady between my knees, so it's a bit awkward for me. Still, I *love* the wire sound and I'm really grateful to MM for this instrument.
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Love my nylon-string Lynda Lyre
I received my Lynda Lyre a few months ago. I chose nylon strings as I want the harp-like sound. This is my first instrument from Musicmakers - I assumed it would be well-made, but the moment I took it out of the box I was overwhelmed with the beauty and quality of craftsmanship! The pictures on the website do not do it justice! It is truly lovely!
The tone is equal to or better than any of the small, therapy harps. And the resonance is outstanding! It sings and sustains for miles!
The light-weight and portability are also a key factor. Although I will not likely play it horizontally, I like the flexibility knowing that I can lay it across someone's lap and let them play (or I can play for them) if needed. I also purchased the large, heart-shaped felt picks to facilitate ease of playing for use in the nursing home where others can just strum along with it and make sweet sounds without hurting their tender fingertip skin.
The instrument is still very new to me - I'm mostly working on sweet, mellow, improv types of music; mellow tones and calming rhythms, although you can certainly play any music on the 3 octaves. The biggest challenge I've had is deciding how I want to hold it to balance it well. The included strap is important, and I've found that if I wrap the strap more "around my mid/low back" vs. up and over the left shoulder it seems more stable and comfortable for me. I am throughly enjoying the Lynda Lyre - highly recommend it!
As a beginner I love this instrument. So beautifully built. The tone with the wire-strings is full, clear and warm. Taking the lyre harp with me for a walk, sitting under a tree and play music is no big deal because the instrument is so handy. Just love it.
The space between the strings is a bit tight for my fingers but i'll manage this.
So ...beautyfull instrument to have a lot of joy.