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1. What is a hurdy-gurdy?It is a stringed instrument like a cello or violin only the bow goes underneath the strings. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents against small wedges, typically made of wood against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible. My hurdy-gurdy has several drone strings, which give a constant pitch accompaniment to the melody, resulting in a sound similar to that of bagpipes. 2. How did you hear about the hurdy-gurdy?I was looking for another obscure instrument known as the nyckelharpa and saw this. I liked the sound it gave and that it actually used a bow. I could never play a violin because my fingers are small and thought I could play this. Then I saw the price for one was around $5,000 and I was not willing to pay that price.3. How did you obtain your hurdy-gurdy?I was looking on YouTube and every hurdy-gurdy looks and sounds different. I kept coming back to this one. I liked the sound and shape so I contacted the man who made it. His name was Balazs Nagy. He is from Budapest. I asked him if he would make me a good deal. And he did.4. How did you learn to play the hurdy-gurdy?Balazs Nagy showed me how to play it when he was here to give some concerts. I also had his book that was in both English and Hungarian.5. How long have you played the instrument?Since April when Nagy brought it over on his visit to give concerts in the area.6. What is the hardest part about owning the hurdy-gurdy?The hardest part is taking care of it. If you need to replace a part you have to make your own part. You can't just go to the store and get that part. If you ordered it made from overseas the shipping would probably cost more than the part.7. What other instruments do you play?I mainly play the saxophone and guitar, but I also play the mandolin, piano, and African xylophone.8. Do you teach music?Yes. I teach music at St. Anthony Catholic School in Columbus Grove and St. Mary Catholic School in Leipsic.9. Do you do performances?I mainly focus on my teaching but have done performances including some with a friend who plays washboard. We are starting to work up to doing more concerts. I also played the hurdy-gurdy this fall during the Saturday farmers markets in Ottawa.






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