Gertie

Meet “Gertie”. Gertie began as an antique violin case before transitioning to a Hurdy Gurdy. She features a crank from a coffee grinder which turns a rosin-coated wheel providing the interaction with the strings. She has two drone strings and 2 melody strings. The buttons on the side provide the pitch change for the melody strings.

Gertie

Gertie

A hurdy gurdy made from a 100-year-old violin case.

Crank

Crank

This crank, made from an old coffee grinder, is used to turn her "fiddle wheel" which vibrates her strings to produce sound.

Tangents

Tangents

The side buttons press "tangents" against the strings, much like fretting a guitar, to produce different notes.

Left side

Left side

Wheel1

Wheel1

Tangents

Tangents

Wheel_inside

Wheel_inside

Crank

Crank

This crank, made from an old coffee grinder, is used to turn her "fiddle wheel" which vibrates her strings to produce sound.

Wheel cover & tailpiece

Wheel cover & tailpiece

Tuning pegs

Tuning pegs

Buttons and top cover

Buttons and top cover

Buttons

Buttons