Old World Lyre - KIT

Old World Lyre - KIT

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The Old World Lyre is an interesting project with high quality wood parts and some fun options for customizing with paints, carvings, laces, feathers, beads, etc.

Building Time: 20-30 hours

Tools Required: Spring clamps or weights, electric hand drill, router (optional), power hand sander, standard hand tools

What's Included:
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Key Specs

Old World Lyre Specs
Item Old World Lyre Kit
Strings 10 strings
Tuning Diatonic - C4 to E5
Weight 2.5 pounds
Overall Length 25"
Width 16" at the top, 10" at the bottom
Soundboard Solid spruce
Frame and back Walnut

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.

Using a Reverie Harp as a Music Therapy Tool.

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I have finished the lyre. It is beautiful and sounds wonderful. The parts of of high quality and the instructions are very good. I did not use a router or power tools and it took a bit of time with hand sanding and plane work, but turned out well. They are quick to answer any questions emailed to them and are very helpful. This is my second instrument kit from them. Thus far I have made the reverie harp and the lyre. Both are great sounding and beautiful. A bowed psaltery may be next.
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Old World Lyre
Sue Macias
I’ve built one of these before, and the original has quite a history in ancient Zaragoza, Spain, so since I like lyres, I wanted to build one for myself to play. The kit is of very high quality, and the instructions for building it are very good. I’m still working on mine, and the frame is done, the soundboards are also on it. All I have left to do is sand, sand, sand, and put a finish on it. I should also mention that you don’t need a router to build this kit, as per the instructions. I’ve nowhere to use one, and always build my instruments with hand tools, like the old guys did. I did it entirely by hand, with simple hand tools, no workshop , in other words. I only mention the hand tool build so that someone wanting to build one of these lyres, but lack the router or a works full of power tools can still do it. The kit has black walnut arms, frame and yoke, the yoke is pre-drilled to accept the zither pins, which I liked. I did t have to do it, tho I do know how, snd I confess here that I do have a cordless drill. It’s my only power tool. The soundboard is solid spruce, so you have to be careful with that. But it’s not a problem. It gives the lyre a very nice sound. When finished it’s a beautiful instrument, and you will not be disappointed in the quality. I have built quite a few MusicMakers folk kits over the years, and they are well designed, and supplied with excellent assembly instructions. I should also mention their excellent customer service. I’ve had a few glitches over the years, and they have always made it right, given grea advice, and are just nice people. I’m a longtime fan of MusicMakers.
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I can believe i made thid
Pam Rossetti
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STARTED the old world lyre after i finished the lynda lyre. I used a walnut gel stain and let it dry snd the saned it off and it gave it a distress old look and put on a satin poly wipe on..i even stained the spruce and sanded it off.. the look and sound is amazing
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Sweet sweet sound!
Robin J Verret
This is a really sweet sounding harp. I built mine from the kit, which was very enjoyable. The quality of the parts are first class. I did change one thing...I used bookmatched poplar for the soundboard and put the spruce on the back in effect creating two soundboards. This makes the sound really full and sweet. I used a shellack finish with a carnival wax over the shellac. The harp has a very natural shine and feel. I’m really happy with the way this kit turned out.
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Loved building this lyre and love playing it even more!
Kathy Rees Johnson
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I built my Old World Lyre after building a Jolie harp (my first ever woodworking project!) The Old World Lyre was somewhat simpler but still very satisfying. Even more satisfying is the ease with which the lyre can be picked up and spending a few minutes playing can really calm down a hectic day. I highly recommend the Old World Lyre as a project and an instrument!
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