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Symphonie Information and FAQs



DEFINITION


Simple early version of Hurdy Gurdy with rectangular box body, 3 strings and usually 10 keys.

INTRODUCTION


Simple early version of Hurdy Gurdy with rectangular box body, 3 strings and usually 10 keys.

TUNINGS AND FINGERING

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The Symphonie can be in either C or G.

C tuning is Top string G, Middle string C, Bottom string G.

G tuning is Top string G, Middle string D, Bottom string G.

This gives 1 1/2 octaves.


CARE AND MAINTENANCE

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Symphonie Maintenance
Getting off old cotton wool.
Turn the wheel backwards (anti-clockwise and turn the string between clean fingertips.)

Clean the wheel of old rosin and re-apply. In a perfect world it will play pretty well without cotton wool. Check that the strings just touch the wheel, adjust as necessary and put on new cotton wool. Rosin the string all around first to make the cotton wool stick. Tease the cotton wool out to about the size of a thumbnail, lift the string and tuck the edge of the wool under it. Turn the wheel and let the wool go. It will partially wind itself around the string. Rotate the string to bring the loose ends to the wheel and they'll be picked up and wound tight enough. Use slightly more wool for the bottom string. It should sound sweeter than it did without the wool.

Use candle wax (not floor wax) on the bearings if necessary. Use fine sandpaper on the wheel if necessary. Polish the outside of the symphonie with 0000 grade fine wire wool and floor wax, finish with a soft cloth.


Read our Full Article on Stringed Care & Maintenance

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Definition: Generic term for all mouth blown instruments, end-blown, side-blown, with fipple or with a single or double reed.
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