What in the world is making that sound? It’s called a Hurdy-Gurdy and it is a string instrument that sounds like a bagpipe. Its earliest form was a portable organ from the 15th century. This new Hurdy-Gurdy combines medievalism with the 21st century. It’s made entirely of wood and requires self-assembly. It also only takes about five hours to learn. Small parts make up the body, wheel, keyboard, decks, tuning pegs and the melody strings. The six keys correspond to the six notes. The Hurdy-Gurdy comes to life when you turn the crank and users play the keys with the other hand. Each will cost $70.
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