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 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.
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.