Hello to the Forum. I have had a Royal College Hurdy Gurdy by Paul Baker - rather like the one at the top of http://www.diabolus.org/workshop/gurdy- ... yalcol.htm
. I have had it for more years than I care to remember - nine, I think. I've only just got to grips with it because I found the very loud noise combined with the vibrations frightening. Ridiculous, isn't it? This winter my ears were badly blocked and the Hurdy Gurdy was the only instrument I could hear at all. It's lucky we have no neighbours at the moment because suddenly I was happily cranking away. Then I had my ears syringed and discovered what a terrible noise I was making - but my Hurdy Gurdy phobia is cured. With a lot of tuning and cottoning (and swearing) I have got it making quite a pleasant noise. I have Ina Lemm's DVD and can now play the first two exercises so I am learning a real tune before going on to the next exercise. The tune I am trying to learn is Gavotte du Poher. It was the easiest tune I could find which actually sounded like a tune - but I didn't realise at first that it should be played very very fast or I might have picked something else. Wish me luck!