they are now $195, a little more with extras like a fancy top, carving or a bone bridge. We normally have one or more in stock, but at the moment we are selling them faster than we can craft them. That said, I have a) a custom model near completion which will sell for $250, that features custom carved sound holes and a carved burl back design in a firebird motif, b) a basic model my apprentice has about half-way done and c) a blank ready to be carved out and d) a basic model that’s already spoken for. We’re a few weeks out from delivery on any of the 1st three but we can easily start a custom order, if you wish.
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The prices reported on some parts of the website are actually too high, as I was taking bad advice from someone who didn’t know my market very well. That said, an ordinary, Sutton-Hoo style Anglo-Saxon Lyre goes for $185 and is made from Poplar and has a non-specified hardwood top, usually Maple or Oak and has a hardwood bridge. You can have a bone bridge instead for an extra $15 and/or a decorative hardwood top (Cherry is popular) for an extra $30 or more, depending on what species you like.
Additionally, I have 2 other one-off, custom models, one of which is finished and one of which is quite close. The completed one has decorative slotted sound holes that imitate the German designs and enhance the sound (The original A-S lyre had no sound holes at all) and it sports a custom double bone bridge. It is finished with danish oil for an authentic touch. I’ve sent you 3 pictures of this instrument in a private email.
The other one I do not have pictures of yet, but I can take a few when I get back to the shop and send them to you. It is similar to the other except that it has a Maple burl fire-bird motif applied to the back in bas relief, a Maple burl bridge and carved, flame-shaped sound holes in the upper arms. That one is finished in polyurethane gloss.
Either of these instruments are $250 + shipping.
If it’s a custom design you want, or even just the basic, I need a deposit of 1/2 the full amount to get started, then the remaining 1/2 plus shipping upon completion. Timing is the difficult thing. We don’t normally get much snow around here, but last week it dumped on us and I can’t get up the driveway to the shop at the moment. If the report of potential freezing rain comes about, that may mean more delays. I can probably (he said, cautiously) finish it up by mid-January. If you want the one pictured here, all I have to do is package it and send it upon receipt of your check. If you want the firebird model, it could be ready in a few weeks (cold and damp play havoc with the finishing process).
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Please let me know the sizes & prices of your lyres. Do you have a 19 string one that’s not too big?
At the moment, we do not have as many lyres in the show room as we can build. Of course, we can create a custom model for your (and probably add it to our line) if you can point out what sort of thing might interest you–a page or picture from the web will do nicely for that.
I like the Orphic ones, but they may be bigger than I’d want.
It is not out of the question to scale it down a bit and redesign it for 19 strings.
Do you use nylon or metal strings?
Metal. 80/20 bronze wound and nickel steel plains. Great sound and simple to replace.
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Dänae Spencer, master Luthier at Orphic Airs]]>