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fr33manator
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Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Love the sound, interested in acquiring one maybe. Any leads? Anyone ever play one or own one?

Here’s a sample Sweet Dreams cover by Patty Gurdy

Thanks


JumpingTheShark
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
I like the scene in polar express where the hobo is playing a hurdy gurdy on the top of the train


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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
I don’t know, but Donovan’s Hurdy Gurdy Man makes me feel like I smoked a whole pot.


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Dandy Lion
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Zanfona?


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jdd48
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
It can be a very creepy and unsettling sounding instrument.


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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
quote:

It can be a very creepy and unsettling sounding instrument.

It seems to me, like it's machine that is designed to mimic a fiddle of some sort. Whatever comes out of it, depends on whoever is playing it.
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here are some for sale
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hogcard1964
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Twas then when the hurdy gurdy man
Came singing songs of love
Then when the hurdy gurdy man
Came singing songs of love
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy he sang.


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The Dude's Rug
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Butthole Surfers - The Hurdy Gurdy Man

My favorite version.
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fr33manator
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Yeah apparently quality ones are stupid expensive


But I still want one. I collect instruments


auggie
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Honestly, your thread has got me kind of interested too. Seems to me, that it may be a fairly easy instrument to learn, and has a great sound. 1200 bucks doesn't seem all that bad for such a complicated instrument.


mingoswamp
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Outside of hearing the song by Donavan, I didn't know what this was. Thanks for sending me down that rabbit hole.

I've always had a knack to be able to pick up different instruments and and play them. Like the other poster said, for $1200 I'm interested in getting one now for their uniqueness.


auggie
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
24 keys, that are just basically fretting strings mechanically against a rosined wheel and has a sound like that. If you can change directions in that wheel kind of fast, you can probably get some fantastic sounds. If you messed around with some different tunings on it, who knows what you might get out of it...
Really a genius instrument when you think about it. Like putting a rubber wheel on a die grinder, and playin your guitar with it
...and what if you built one with a resonator behind it? or maybe a slide hurdy gurdy…
What if you had a quiet electric motor on your hurdy gurdy wheel, with a foot pedal speed control? and distortion and delay...
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auggie
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
"Hurdy Gurdy Wheel" ..damn, what a hook for a song! or the name of a band..
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GEAUXT
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
story behind black sails theme


This is a very interesting look at the instrument


auggie
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
This hurdy gurdy thread, get's more interesting by the minute.


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Dale Sturtevant
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
The Decemberists use a Hurdy Gurdy


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awestruck
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re: Anyone know anything about a Hurdy Gurdy?
Always considered a HG to be much like a banjo. Where most anyone can pick it up (esp being open tuned) and come up with a passable tune. Yet in the wrong hands you might avoid them like the plague.


However when done right . . . although never had the good fortune to handle one.


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