decree from 1651 had already instructed the public order official to make sure that travelling musicians had proper licenses.
"The hurdygurdyists, both men and
women should be removed completely
so that we no longer need to
see their vulgar and disorderly talk
and gestures which the travelling
musicians delight in cultivating
together with other impertinances"
Walter Harting, " Sources and studies in musical folk traditions in Bavaria"
This reconstruction is adapted to current plying requirements and is from the Syntagma Musicum, Plate XVII from Michael Praetorius, Leipzig, 1619.
Title: allerley umblauffende Bawren und Weiber Lyren.
A universally playable instrument for early Baroque and dance music, folk music and for accompaniment of ballads.
A beginner`s model, attractively priced. (Vecorated form with decorative edge inlay and spruce sounding board.) See detailed illustration. (*coming soon)
This model is not available anymore.