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Irish, Scottish or Celtic Wire Strung Lyres



Lyres have been played in the British Isles for Thousands of years, the recent find of a Lyre bridge in Scotland being a Testament to that This.
For this example in the video I have used a Sutton Hoo as a generic form and have added Simon Chadwick's Wire Strung Lyre strings,  These use a combination of Silver strings with Brass and Iron which sounds very rich when plucked or strummed.

I have added Brass decorative mounts that are inspired by Anglo Saxon/Viking "Celtic" knotwork patterns,  These work well for the time period.

Lyrebrass and bone
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Made of maple with Brass mounts and bone and garnet decoration, Metal Harp pins Supplied with a hard case, spare strings and tuning key. Key of D (diatonic or Pentatonic)

Can also be built in the key of G, D, Eb or C by varying the string lengths

 £1450   

Key of G (pentatonic in this example).

 In the video below was my original prototype Irish Lyre strung in Silver, Iron and Brass wire in a diatonic scale of G.  It has the straight lower arm hollow like the early stone carvings.

These can make these in many keys and sizes.