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5 String épinette des Vosges

Traditional épinette des Vosges, inspired by the Lambert models from the 1890's
tuned to C tning with melody strings in gg,  and bourdon/drones in g e c
more info at this french site dedicated to the instrument

20"  /508mm scale instrument

epinette in case made of Swiss pear, handmade

Instruments from £1050 built to order  with handmade case from my etsy website:

2017 sound file:

Music examples

The two examples that follow are from Tim Garside 
 (many thanks Tim!)

Stag Valse (Tim Garside)

Polka de Dulac  (Trad)

Tim Garsides epinette CD 

The Myth and the Stag  is still available to purchase :
  here at Tims site:

also  on my old page here:

** Custom epinette des vosges:

epinette back view


epinette body

2006/7 video showing use of noter:

** Instruments are sold undecorated

Six String epinette

My 6-string épinette is a relatively compact instrument with a longer scale length of 520mm(can make these longer)
This traditionally works with the melody string in G but with different strings, it can work really well in A and even down to D
The standard model has a maple, Cherry or Walnut body with a maple fret box and rosewood fingerboard.

New plans for 5 string as well as 6 string: Instruments here


epinette close


 plans for 5 string as well as 6 string: Instruments here

Prices £POA for Maple, Walnut or Cherry models including a hard case and shipping worldwide.  email for more details

Plans for the 6 string model available from my download page here:

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