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Psalteries


Diatonic Bowed Psaltery plans in D


diatoniuc bowed psaltery in DThis is the updated 2014 version of my 1990's Diatonic Bowed Psaltery,  With an adjusted scale and improved design.  15 notes D-d

Originally the Diatonic Bowed Psaltery was designed to be a more
Harmonious musical instrument than the chromatic. The strings are arranged in a fan pattern, this was to make the bowing a little more fluid with the geometry of the human arm. Tuned to a diatonic scale rather like the old Irish harp, the instrument resonates sympathetically as different combinations are played.  Download includes full size plans to print in pdf format plus reference material.  
If there is sufficient interest I will make a Youtube series for making  this instrument,   more info here:

Download £7.50    US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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Standard Bowed Psaltery Plans
G chromatic Tuning
original
model-bowed psaltery This model is a slightly modified version of the original Bowed Psaltery as created by Edgar Stahmer and promoted by Ronald Roberts in the UK,  My pdf plans include my latest twin short bow design for two handed playing as well as the original medium length bow commonly used (also available to buy from my lyre shop) includes the cutting list to get you prepared.  more info here
I am planning a Youtube series on Bowed Psalteries, focusing on the Diatonic model but the construction and stringing methods are the same.

Download £6  / US $10  /7.50 Euros  

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Ukuleles

electric uke plansElectric Ukulele plans
This instrument has had a renaissance,   See my updated electric Ukulele pages here  this little Uke rocks! PDF plans comes complete with Soprano, concert, tenor neck options and assembly info.  videos on youtube for this instrument  

Download £12.00  US $20 / 15 euros

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Bowed Lyres

shetland-gueShetland Gue   new 2015 updated plans!
  This small and practical instrument that is a great introduction to bowed lyre playing  is due to be part of a mini Youtube series in making a small bowed lyre/jouhikko, my Shetland Gue reconstruction,
Purchase this plan now to be part of this course when it starts on Youtube, and be included in the emailing when the course starts or when there are updates.   Video here

File download contains original 2012 plan, the 2014 simple version and the 2015 deluxe model(pictured) includes pictures and information.   

Download £7.50    US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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welsh
crwthWelsh Crwth
Plans for the Heyward model Crwth along with the notes and scled down drawing for the Evans model.  
This is main plan for the instruments I make and lots of reference material.  A challenging instrument to make and play!  

plans now included on the latest Lyre making CD

Download £15.00  US $25 / 18 euros

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New! 11 String Kantele
kantele
plans 11 stringThis is great new addition for 2013 and adds an extra C# in the upper octave to give a full diatonic D scale,  This is a versatile instrument for Strumming and picking and easy instrument to make.   plans include 5 drawings in pdf format, stringing chart and notes, and pictures of completed instrument.   Video on youtube of this instrument!   Video here


Best to Buy this in conjunction with the Kantele CD-Rom disc or Download (see below)

Download £7.50  US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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Icelandic Langspil


langspil plansThis instrument has been undergoing a revival thanks to people like Chris Foster and Bára Grímsdóttir who have played this model all around the world.  This instrument was based on one played by Diddi fiðla and developed by Chris Foster and myself to make a 21st Century instrument, a blank canvas to explore old and new music with other instruments.  video here  more info here

Download £15.00  US $25 / 18 euros

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Epinettes

Epinettes des vosges Printed plans 
 
epinette
plansNew 2012 drawings, Printed plans sent rolled up in a cardboard tube,  2 sheets of A0 size,  includes plans for instrument and its body mould/jig.     video of this instrument here
Delivery 3-4 days UK,   2 weeks International

Please email if you purchase this as you will also be entitled to the download edition of this for free, 

plans


printed and rolled plans Worldwide: £30   (USA $49   36 euros )  Paypal handles conversion


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epinette
plansEpinette des Vosges Download Edition
 
This is the latest CAD drawn plans of the epinette des Vosges,  included are the stringing sizes.  photos, notes and my original hand drawings/plans for reference.
video of this instrument here

Download £15.00  US $25 / 18 euros

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Kantele plans

I recommend getting the full Kantele making CD that has all you need to know to start making and playing these,  I have taken the plans from the disc and made them available for those who want to buy them that way,

Kantele Making CD-ROM  (Physical Disc)

cd iconThis is the sum of my kantele making knowledge and contains all the Kantele plans above (apart from the new 11 String model which is available separately)

More info about the disc here:

Shipped anywhere in the World for

£30.00  

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cd iconDownload:  Kantele Making CD-ROM 
The whole CD-Rom without the wait.   Large Download though!   This is the sum of my Kantele Making knowledge and contains all the Kantele plans above (apart from the new 11 String model which is available separately)      For the physical disc next item

 Download and run from the Folder on your PC/Mac/Linux or burn to disc. 
UK £25  EU  32    US $39

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If you wish to purchase plans separately please note the 5 string plans includes the original  construction ebook and you will need this for whatever plan you choose

plansKantele Making pdf ebook and 5 string plans (original 2006 edition)    This is enough to get you started, with instructions on how to make the Kantele and plans.  Do consider the Kantele making CD-rom too!  much expanded.    Buy this and whatever plan you need in addition   Playing guide from the CD is online here

Download £7.50  US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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kantele
plans10 string Kantele plans (now with 2012 updated stringing layout option)
You will still need the 5 string plan set for the construction instructions)     This was my most popular model,  though overtaken by the new 11 string design this is still the standard for most of Finland.  great instrument, 

 Download £6  / US $10  /7.50 Euros  

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12 string
plans12 string Kantele plans

expanded compass,  videos on youtube,   Do see the 11 string also   Video here

 Download £6  / US $10  /7.50 Euros  

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15 string
kantele plans15 string Kantele plans
Fully updated 2012 edition along with original 2005 plans  This is a magnificent solo instrument with a rich resonance,   Video on Youtube.   Let me know also if you buy this if you are interested in how to use it to make the 18 string

Download £7.50  US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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kantele
plans5 string piccolo Kantele plans

See the video on youtube I have uploaded for this tiny instrument!

Download £1.00  US $1.55 / 1.35 euros

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Extra Kantele plans(not on CD) :


New! 11 String Kantele

kantele
plans 11 stringThis is great new addition for 2013 and adds an extra C# in the upper octave to give a full diatonic D scale,  This is a versatile instrument for Strumming and picking and easy instrument to make.   plans include 5 drawings in pdf format, stringing chart and notes, and pictures of completed instrument.   Video on youtube of this instrument!     Video here  

One of the best Full rounded Kanteles to play.  great design
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Best to Buy this in conjunction with the Kantele CD-Rom disc or Download (see below)

Download £7.50  US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

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Electric Kantele plans POA

The 10 string model is included as an easter egg on the Kantele making CD,   11 string version coming soon

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Stick Dulcimer plans

Printed plans

plans for
stick-dulcimer downloadPrinted plans for Stick Dulcimer in D and G Newly drawn version rolled up and sent in a cardboard tube, please allow 3-4 days in the UK and up to 2 weeks internationally for delivery.  (1 sheet of A0)
Included in the cost is the entitlement to the Download version,  just email me after purchase and I will send you a unique download link.  Online video series here for this


plans sent in a
cardboard tube
printed plans
£25   (USA $39  32 euros  Paypal handles conversion



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plans for
stick-dulcimer downloadStick Dulcimer plans NEW CAD version D and G neck plans 
This download will include the earlier hand drawn versions for free
instant download


Download £12.00  US $20 / 15 euros

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free pdf

case tutorialStick Dulcimer case info (free) just a photo walkthrough of the process!

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dvd set
Stick Dulcimer making Course 3 Disc box set (youtube course)
with download plans
NTSC or PAL available

This reference DVD edition 


Free digital copy of the plans comes separately by a link with this item

£35.00

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  For Stick Dulcimer Straps, tailpieces, strings click here

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Ukuleles

electric uke plansElectric Ukulele plans
This instrument has had a renaissance,   See my updated electric Ukulele pages here  this little Uke rocks! PDF plans comes complete with Soprano, concert, tenor neck options and assembly info.  videos on youtube for this instrumentl

Download £12.00  US $20 / 15 euros

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 tenor
ukulele plans Tenor Ukulele classic 14 fret model plans
   This is my 14 fret classic "cheltenham" model as seen on Youtube,  The plans with body jig plans/mold will be available shortly.   Its taken me a long time to finish this drawing but the wait will be worth it!
  £15.00 coming December 2013   video here ,


email me now to be notified

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soprano uke
plansConcert and Soprano sized ukes?  email me if you are interested



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Mandolin


plans
suitable for uke and mandolinYes, The electric Ukulele soprano design works for both well with alternate stringing!!
Just use one half of the mandolin set,   comes complete with lots of info, 
see my YouTube video for this!


Download £12.00  US $20 / 15 euros 

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Anglo Saxon Lyres


lyre from
Morning Thorpe plansMorning Thorpe Lyre plans,    This is taken from the Lyre making CD-rom and has the plan and router jig with notes and information about the fittings now on the plan itself

Download £6.00     US $10 or 7.50 euros approx.

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cd iconLyre making CD-ROM  £30
contains all 7 lyre plans and 4 bowed lyre plans and so much more!

  for more info go here:


£30

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cd iconNEW Lyre making CD-ROM Download version   £25
No waiting for the post, this is a large download though,  
contains all 7 lyre plans and 4 bowed lyre plans and so much more!  

Download and run from the Folder on your PC/Mac/Linux or burn to disc. 

 

UK £25  EU  32    US $39

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Psalteries


diatonic bowed psaltery plansDiatonic Bowed Psaltery notes
This is a free download of my original psaltery making notes,   which include scaled down plans for a Diatonic Bowed psaltery that fits into a briefcase for travel,   I created this originally as an instrument in F but soon added much  thicker strings to play in D,  these are plans from original website in 1999,  They are not too clear and need sizing up but I offer them for free for reference and before purchasing an instrument or the new full size download version

The 1999 notes are an free download!

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Diatonic Bowed Psaltery plans in D


diatoniuc bowed psaltery in DThis is the updated 2014 version of my 1990's Diatonic Bowed Psaltery,  With an adjusted scale and improved design.  15 notes D-d

Originally the Diatonic Bowed Psaltery was designed to be a more
Harmonious musical instrument than the chromatic. The strings are arranged in a fan pattern, this was to make the bowing a little more fluid with the geometry of the human arm. Tuned to a diatonic scale rather like the old Irish harp, the instrument resonates sympathetically as different combinations are played.  Download includes full size plans to print in pdf format plus reference material.   more info here:

Download £7.50    US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

Add
to Cart

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Standard Bowed Psaltery Plans
G chromatic Tuning
original
model-bowed psaltery This model is a slightly modified version of the original Bowed Psaltery as created by Edgar Stahmer and promoted by Ronald Roberts in the UK,  My pdf plans include my latest twin short bow design for two handed playing as well as the original medium length bow commonly used (also available to buy from my lyre shop) includes the cutting list to get you prepared.  more info here
I am planning a Youtube series on Bowed Psalteries, focusing on the Diatonic model but the construction and stringing methods are the same.

Download £6  / US $10  /7.50 Euros  

Add to Cart

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Bowed Lyres

shetland-gueShetland Gue   new 2015 updated plans!
  This small and practical instrument that is a great introduction to bowed lyre playing  is due to be part of a mini Youtube series in making a small bowed lyre/jouhikko, my Shetland Gue reconstruction,
Purchase this plan now to be part of this course when it starts on Youtube, and be included in the emailing when the course starts or when there are updates.   Video here

File download contains original 2012 plan, the 2014 simple version and the 2015 deluxe model(pictured) includes pictures and information

Download £7.50    US $12.50  or 9.00 euros

Add
to Cart

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welsh
crwthWelsh Crwth
This contains my main plan for the instruments I make and lots of reference material.  A very challenging instrument to make and play!

plans also now on the latest Lyre making CD

Download £15.00  US $25 / 18 euros

 Add to Cart

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2 stringed jouhikko plansJouhikko 2 string model
Traditional model from Finland, based on museum example, 
 
plans also now on the latest Lyre making CD

 Download £6  / US $10   / 7.50 Euros  

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bowed
lyre plansBowed Lyre/Talharpa, 3 string model

My current model as shown on my webpages .  

plans also now on the latest Lyre making CD

 Download £6  / US $10   / 7.50 Euros  

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Also can take payment via bitcoins,  message me,  make a payment and I can send the download links to you


Plans schedule

Converting my templates to actual drawings takes a lot of time so by letting me know you are interested some of the following have more chance of getting done sooner!

Icelandic Fidla £POA    please email if interested.

Soprano Ukulele  2014  £15

Savart fiddle 5 string £15.00  coming 2014

Apallachian Dulcimer   2014

Baby "octave" Dulcimer  2014

Celtic Model Mandolin 2015 email me!

Celtic model Octave mandolin and Irish Bouzouki 2015

email me if there are other instruments I make that you need plans for,  If there is enough interest I may be able to help.



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Copyright and business ethics
Part of my business ethic is to always where possible make available the plans of my instruments so that others can copy and build on the work I have done. For this I do ask for a payment for most of these plans but all these designs have been tried and tested and represent the apex of where I am with them.  If you need more info after you purchase you can drop me an email and I will help you as best I can. 

If you wish to make and sell instruments from these plans you are free to do so,  though I would appreciate it if you still give credit where due.  These drawings were made from my workshop templates, some CAD drawn, others hand drawn with only the measurements needed,  to open the plans you need winzip or 7-zip to unzip the files and adobe reader.


More plans soon



Final Notes on printing the plans

To use the plans Simply Print these off onto tracing paper using your own printer, match up the printouts and tape together!  I have left a big overlap to cover different paper sizes and also to aid collating the drawings. You may need to play with the settings of your printer to get the printout right, usually if you use adobe reader, set at 100% you should be ok. 

Some people with very high definition printers found they had to lower the print quality to get a clearer printout.

Only instruments with fretting patterns need to be absolutely accurate,  shapes can be off with little effect to sound.   Check the scale length measurements against your joined together printed drawings and the width and lengths.


Please feel free to email if you have any questio ns at all or need help using this service.

* All pricing in Dollars and euros is approximate as a guide only and subject to change