Orphic Airs – Instruments for the Ages

The Gallery

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The Custom Gallery

This part of our showroom is dedicated to custom instruments we have made for various customers over the the years, grouped by category. We have not listed the prices here, because the contents of this gallery span 10 years or more. Please enquire for up-to-date prices, as we can make anything you see here (and probably most anything else your heart desires). Enjoy!

DULCIMERS

 

Dulcimer for The Chapman's

Dulcimer for The Chapman’s

Dulcimer for The Chapman’s

Dulcimer for The Chapman's--detail of soundholes

Dulcimer for The Chapman’s–detail of soundholes

Dulcimer for The Chapman’s–detail of soundholes.

A dulcimer with an offset outside for upright players.

A dulcimer with an offset outside for upright players.

A dulcimer with an offset outside for upright players.

The original Western Woods model

The original Western Woods model

The original Western Woods model.

Harp Dulcimer made for an esoteric lodge, featuring their symbolism.

Harp Dulcimer made for an esoteric lodge, featuring their symbolism.

Harp Dulcimer made for an esoteric lodge, featuring their symbolism.

Harp Dulcimer made for an esoteric lodge, featuring their symbolism--detail.

Harp Dulcimer made for an esoteric lodge, featuring their symbolism–detail.

–detail.

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf.

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf.

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf--back.
Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf–back.

 

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf--detail.

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf–detail.

Custom Daisy motif, collection of Julie Langendoerf.

"Wildwood Flower" model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top.

“Wildwood Flower” model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top.

“Wildwood Flower” model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top.

"Wildwood Flower" model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top--detail.

“Wildwood Flower” model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top–detail.

“Wildwood Flower” model hourglass dulcimer, carved spruce top–detail.

Our first Epinette, a dulcimer ancestor from France

Our first Epinette, a dulcimer ancestor from France

Our first Epinette, a dulcimer ancestor from France

Our first historical Hummle, sans strings and tuners, a dulcimer ancestor from Sweden.

Our first historical Hummle, sans strings and tuners, a dulcimer ancestor from Sweden.

Our first historical Hummle, sans strings and tuners, a dulcimer ancestor from Sweden.

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Mr. Mayo, holding the dulcimer we made for Patrick Caudal.

CDL1

The front . . .

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And Mssr. Caudal in concert with it.

BAR

Above, a special order baritone with Spruce top, Rosewood everything else and a custom hand-made shellac finish.  Apologies for the quality of the photo.

 

HARPS AND LYRES

 

Shepherd Harp from Musicmakers' plans.

Shepherd Harp from Musicmakers’ plans.

Shepherd Harp from Musicmakers’ plans.

The "Trossingen Small" lyre.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre.

The "Trossingen Small" lyre, in its case.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, in its case.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, in its case.

The "Trossingen Small" lyre, headstock detail.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, headstock detail.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, headstock detail.

The "Trossingen Small" lyre, bridge and tail detail.

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, bridge and tail detail

The “Trossingen Small” lyre, bridge and tail detail.

Our first Anglo Saxon style lyre (not historical).

Our first Anglo Saxon style lyre (not historical).

Our first Anglo Saxon style lyre (not historical).

A more recent Anglo-Saxon Lyre.

A more recent Anglo-Saxon Lyre.

A more recent Anglo-Saxon Lyre (2012).

A more recent Anglo-Saxon Lyre--detail.

A more recent Anglo-Saxon Lyre–detail.

–detail.

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Anglo-Saxon lyre, collection of Gene Schmalley.

FABIAS

This one lives in Italy now.

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Apprentice Lili Blossom Bourn, with Anglo Saxon lyre, for scale.

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This one is done in Bagby’s style.

TRELYR

An OA-1.

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Illup Gravengaard’s OA-1 with Tree of Life rosette.

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Mac MacKenzie and Diedre, with Mac’s OA-1

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Another OA-1.

PSALTERIES

 

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with gull motif.

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with gull motif.

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with gull motif.

A small Kantele, a traditional Finnish psaltery.

A small Kantele, a traditional Finnish psaltery.

A small Kantele, a traditional Finnish psaltery.

Wing-Shaped Psaltery (WSP-2) with a weeping heart motif.

Wing-Shaped Psaltery (WSP-2) with a weeping heart motif.

Wing-Shaped Psaltery (WSP-2) with a weeping heart motif.

 Wing-shaped. psaltery (WSP-2) with the unique "Dirt Burst" antique finish

Wing-shaped. psaltery (WSP-2) with the unique “Dirt Burst” antique finish

Wing-shaped. psaltery (WSP-2) with the unique “Dirt Burst” antique finish.

An older model of the Hog-nosed psaltery (HNP-1).

An older model of the Hog-nosed psaltery (HNP-1).

An older model of the Hog-nosed psaltery (HNP-1).

Apprentice-built SP-1 #1

Apprentice-built SP-1 #1

Apprentice-built SP-1 #1

Apprentice-built SP-1 #2

Apprentice-built SP-1 #2

Apprentice-built SP-1 #2

Apprentice-built SP-1 #3

Apprentice-built SP-1 #3

Apprentice-built SP-1 #3

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An organic bridge design for an SP-1–maple burl and cambium.

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with star motif.

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with star motif.

Wing-shaped psaltery (WSP-1) with star motif.

BURL0

Walnut burl WSP-1…one of a kind, built by Journeyman James D. Mayo at the old shop.  Burl was cut in 1961, stored until 2006.  We have a little left as of 2013, but nothing in this size.

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The last wsp-1 to be made from that 1961 burl.  Suspension-type Bridge.

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What intoxicating grain . . .

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Another suspension-type bridge . . .

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. . . and the WSP-1 it belongs to . . .

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More HNP-1s . . .

HNP1

HNP1 (2)

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A comparison between the relative sizes of the HNP-1 and the HNP-2 (the bigger one).

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HNP-2, completed.

 

 

LUTE KIN

 

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman.

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman.

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman.

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman--trademarked headstock.

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman–trademarked headstock.

Electric bass, collection of Steve Inman–trademarked headstock.

Army/Navy Style Mandolin, collection of Sabra Marcroft.

Army/Navy Style Mandolin, collection of Sabra Marcroft.

Army/Navy Style Mandolin, collection of Sabra Marcroft.

Our "Renn Guitar".  Model: Matthew Gates

Our “Renn Guitar”. Model: Matthew Gates

Our “Renn Guitar”. Model: Matthew Gates.

Ms. Marcroft with her Custom Renn Guitar

Ms. Marcroft with her Custom Renn Guitar

Ms. Marcroft with her Custom Renn Guitar.

Model 1 Octave Mandola (OM-1)

Model 1 Octave Mandola (OM-1)

Model 1 Octave Mandola (OM-1)

 

BATTERIE

 

Big party drum with a 12" Remo Weatherking head.

Big party drum with a 12″ Remo Weatherking head.

Big party drum with a 12″ Remo Weatherking head.

A Kalimba, with Tibetan knot motif.

A Kalimba, with Tibetan knot motif.

.A Kalimba, with Tibetan knot motif.

3 redwood tone drums and stand.

3 redwood tone drums and stand.

3 redwood tone drums and stand.

The elegant sistrum, a tool for an Isean Lodge.

The elegant sistrum, a tool for an Isean Lodge.

The elegant sistrum, a tool for an Isean Lodge.

 

 

ODDBALL STUFF

 

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal--another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal--another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–another view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal--back view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–back view.

The Crwth, a Welsh Bowed Lyre built for Patrick Caudal–back view.

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Another crwth and case, plus alternate bridges.

 

The Daxophone.

The Daxophone.

Daxophone. Okay, I know you’re going to ask . . . It was invented in the 80′s by a German artist. Did you ever take a ruler and slide it out past the edge of your school desk and give it a twang? The daxophone uses a similar principle–you take the odd-shaped “ruler” and clamp it to the square block, which has a transducer pickup mounted inside. Take a violin bow and get the “ruler” vibrating while you roll the boat-shaped “dax” back and forth to get different intervals. Different shaped “rulers” give different wave-forms. The effect, surprisingly, is like a synthesizer. Operas have been written for this thing, believe it or not.

A hurdy-gurdy with traditional keybox action.

A hurdy-gurdy with traditional keybox action.

A hurdy-gurdy with traditional keybox action.

The works for hurdy above (traditional tangents).

The works for hurdy above (traditional tangents).

The works for hurdy above (traditional tangents).

Another hurdy-Gurdy, destined for Ensemble Laude (Cuba).

Another hurdy-Gurdy, destined for Ensemble Laude (Cuba).

Another hurdy-Gurdy, destined for Ensemble Laude (Cuba).

 

 

 

 

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