Lynda Lyre DIY KIT

Lynda Lyre DIY KIT

Product Details

Lynda Lyre KIT

Build your very own 22-string diatonic Lyre! This Lyre was designed in collaboration with Lynda Kuckenbrod to meet the needs of her SoundWerk Certification course. The Lyre is small and lightweight (only 4 pounds) making it portable and easy to hold.  The 22 string diatonic scale is accesible to beginners and still provides enough range to keep skilled musicians satisfied.

Project Summary

Difficulty Rating

The DIY Kit includeds quality wood parts that have been pre-fit in our woodshop. You'll assemble the parts following our detailed instuctions. Once assembled, you'll do a final sanding and apply the finish of your choice. The last thing you'll do is install the included hardware and strings. You can expect to spend between 15-20 hours on this project. For a complete overview of the project, download and read through the assembly instructions.

What's Included
  • All pre-cut wood parts
  • All musical hardware
  • Complete set of strings
  • Tuning wrench
  • Assembly Instructions
Clamping the Lynda Lyre

Clamping the Lynda Lyre

Key Specs

Lynda Lyre Kit specs
Item# Lynda Lyre
Strings 22 nylon or wire
Tuning C Diatonic Tuning
Range C3-C6
Size 28" long, 14" wide
Soundboard Solid spruce
Frame Solid cherry
Weight 4 pounds

The Musicmakers Kit Warranty

Need replacement parts?

Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.

Need help with construction?

We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.

Desire a refund?

We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.

If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.

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Lynda Lyre Kit
Verified Buyer
I have just completed my second musical instrument DIY kit from Musicmakers. Last year I did the mountain dulcimer and this year I did the Lynda Lyre. I have always found the musicmakers products to be very high quality and worth the price. The instruments are not only beautiful, but functional and produce a wonderful sound. I can’t rave enough about the dulcimer in regards to the quality and beauty of the wood. The Lyre is a gorgeous instrument, however I was a little disappointed to realize the back panel was only hard wood veneer not solid wood. I have grown to expect better quality from musicmakers. It is the type of thing that only the person building the instrument would notice but for the price I expected solid hard wood. Also the cardboard template could be more exact. I love both of these instruments and have received many compliments on their beauty.
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Lynda Lyre Kit
Thomas Baker
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Fun.... beautiful... and a great way to learn this lyre.... finished it in two days.... now, awaiting the drying from Varathane 3X satin..... This is the second kit.... I built the Cheyenne Harp, also quite easy.... it has been in several TV shows from my auditions as an actor.... come one Musicmakers.... give me a challenging kit!! You guys are awesome.... your support and communication are laudable....
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Perfect (well almost)
frederic Beach
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My daughter purchased this kit but had it sent directly to me for assembly as mothering leaves her little time for building. I had previously built the Music Makers mountain dulcimer which was a great project and resulted in a fine instrument. The Lynda Lyre kit was equally as much fun (easier) and I absolutely fell in love with the the beautiful cherry wood frame pieces. Everything fit together perfectly and the design and soundboard material produce a beautiful tone. The only suggestion I would make is that MM provides a separate template that is precise instead of the one that is printed in the manual and needs some compensation for the printers need to shrink it. It was not a problem for me but it did make for some anxiety. A template (in my humble but arrogant view) needs to be perfect if it is going to be a template. Thank you music makers, I know my daughter is going to be delighted with the lynda lyre.
That is a good suggestion. Jerry is working on it right now! Hopefully we can come up with something that will be more accurate and consistent.
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Fun , beautiful project
Pam Rossetti
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This project took me about 10 days.i have never done woodworking but the directions were great..take your time and think three times and cut , sand , stain etc once..sounds wonderful..hardest part was stringing it.
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Awesome sound
Katherine E Spignese
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I wanted a practice harp that could go anywhere with me; this Lyre fit the bill. The kit instructions were fabulous. I emailed my questions and got a quick response when I had any questions. Where I did not have enough clamps, I used my exercise weights. You can build this Lyre with minimum equipment. It took me a month of nights and weekends. I did a lot of pyrographic design on it to make it really pretty. The sound is wonderful. I made a backpack for it, and it goes everywhere at only 4 pounds. Whenever I start to play it, people want to hear more!
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Great value!
Leslie Lawson
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I purchased this kit both as a homeschool woodshop project for my daughter to put together with her dad, and to foster her interest in the harp on a tight budget. What a great little instrument. It went together easily due to the great instructions and quality parts. Great sound too.
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Rob Darby
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The kit isn't difficult to assemble--maybe a bit tedious at times (shaping the soundboard and the back, for instance), put pretty straight-forward. I saw it as a fairly-affordable way to have a small, light-weight instrument to play while kicking back on the couch, but I am amazed by the big sound of this thing! This is a beautiful-sounding instrument, despite it's diminutive size. When I'm not playing it, I find myself talking about it, and I think my wife is getting jealous! :O Hats off to Music Makers!--not for making my wife jealous, but for making a great instrument!!!
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Very cool design and simple to put together
Daniel Hansell
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I totally enjoyed putting together this awesome Lyre! Simple to do and everything was made of top quality materials. Well worth the price. Everything about it is great! Can't wait to get another kit of some sort. Will buy from Musicmaker again in the near future.
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Nice easy kit
David Birch
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Easy simple kit to put together got it sat. Noon was playing it Sunday afternoon! About six hours, looks nice sounds grate !
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very nice kit
Don Werdin
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All of the parts were precisely cut except for the front and back panels which were purposely left oversized but were easy to trim back. Everything went together well and it sounds good. I did put a pickup inside the sound chamber and so I can control the volume. Now I have to play it some.
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Featured Testimonial
I just thought I would share some pictures of the harp I just finished. I used a Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban burning technique to bring out the grain and give it a more rustic look.
Loved making this for my daughter and am very proud of how it turned out. Thanks for making a great kit! I learned a lot too. Thanks again! - Paul Kunzler