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.
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
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
These can make these in many keys and sizes.