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Hurdy-Gurdy

Kyiv

Hurdy-Gurdy

Ugears keeps expanding the creative world of hobbies and opening an assembly process as an exciting game. Inspired by the art of medieval craftsmen and enriched by smart engineering of the XXI century, exclusively on Kickstarter, Ugears is introducing — Hurdy-Gurdy – the genuine gem of the collection: the most extraordinary mechanical model kit which is all-in- one: model for self-assembly, toy and fully fledged musical instrument.  Just build it together with your own hands and feel like Stradivari or a popular Hurdy-Gurdy star!

Based on the 15th Century organistrum, Ugears has created an intricately detailed, fully functional version of this medieval instrument. The finished model looks remarkably akin to the original 16th century hurdy gurdy, giving it a wonderfully medieval aesthetic.  This wooden attractive and educational model has a highly detailed exquisite décor of the body crafted in romantic style and turns the assembly and playing process into an exciting game and brings you hours of pleasure and fun.

It’s easy to play dancing melodies, from folk to modern. To start the music flowing, the player just need to crank the handle with one hand to kick off a drone sound from the bourdon and melody strings. 

The Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy comes with everything needed for assembly. All the pieces are precut into the plywood boards and are easily removed for assembly following the detailed instructions provided.  The only non-wood parts, by necessity, are the two strings that rub against the crank powered wheel and the rosin used to wax it. In addition to the Hurdy-Gurdy, UGEARS is offering a wide variety of additional models as part of their expanding Mechanical Town series that now includes a Tram Line Model, Rail Manipulator Model and a genuine Robot Factory Model.

In 2014 Ukrainian startup UGEARS implemented the idea of modular self-propelled wooden mechanical models in which everything is real. Today the UGEARS collection includes 23 delightful and imaginative self-propelled wooden mechanical model kits. All UGEARS models are made of sustainably sourced wood and require no glue to be fully assembled into functional working models, nor do they require batteries as they are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks, and even gravity. 

UGEARS models became a smart hobby and awesome gift idea for people in 85 countries across 5 continents, and we care deeply about the great support, priceless feedback, and kind advice we have received from all of them. We are constantly growing and developing. And there are more than 200 ideas for future mechanisms that we plan to realize.  7 new models are in development and will be presented by the end of 2017. 

Design: Ugears
Location: Kyiv

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