My Step Mother was born in the Vosges Mountains, she had a great
passion for folk music, fond memories of the Vosges and the
épinette . During the instruments revival in the
along with her sister commissioned instruments to be made.
Michel Hindenoch (a friend of the family) also played the
épinette at her home in Nancy.
20 years ago she helped me by translating some information on
the instruments background from the French text available
(before the days of services like google translate and the
internet!) I wrote a short essay and made a simple
open-backed epinette at this time.
In 1999 I released the article online on my first
website.www.michaeljking.supanet.com, alas no longer there, but
can also download the article here as a PDF
document Included in the article are measurements
and a minimal plan to guide you in making your own. In
addition to the info and links on the pdf there are now many
more épinette sites on the Internet,
Here is a
wonderful website (updated ) that has sound samples and
more info on
Beatrice King passed away three years ago after a battle with
I dedicate my 6 string epinette design to her.
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