The UGears Hurdy Gurdy is an instrument quite unlike any other. It comes as a kit with everything needed for assembly. Since the parts fully interlock, no glue is required, so simply follow the instruction manual to remove the pre-cut pieces from their plywood sheets and gently click them together. Thanks to elegant woodworking and stylized workmanship, the resulting instrument is not only functional but also beautiful to look at. As it is played, display windows allow an excellent view of the gears as they work the bow and keys. Music is played on two strings that are simple to tune. Buttons and switches control which strings are being played, and keys control the tones, resulting in a violin-like sound.
This mechanical model is recommended for creative minds over the age of 14, but can be a delightful project for the whole family. With the help of the instruction manual and a convenient assembly video available online, the hurdy gurdy should take about 4-5 hours to complete. After completion, the hurdy gurdy is perfect as a lap instrument or display piece.