Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Anglo Saxon Lyre: Playing demonstration ( Standard 2016 model)

online shop where you can buy Lyre tailpieces, strings,  plans, Instruments and much more,

In this video, I show my new easy to fit Lyre tailpiece,  fitted to my Standard and student Lyre models from 2016,  available from either separate or as an additional extra with the String sets I supply.  

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Anglo Saxon Lyre: Making and fitting the tailpiece

This is the first of a couple of "lyre Shop" videos showing how to fit accessories that I sell at my online shop,       This is a new tailpiece that is much easier to fit than the wire bound ones I used to supply for Nylon and Synthetic Strung lyres.  This tailpiece means you can easily replace a tailpiece even if it's threaded through like the Kravik Lyre ones.

Monday, 1 August 2016

11 String Kantele: Tuning newly fitted set of strings

Just a quick video after fitting strings and re-tuning the instrument before delivery.   This was a standard Cherry and Cedar instrument but this customer ordered a  Custom model older style of case, solid wood, dovetailed with old fashioned hook and latch hardware, leather handle,  all recycled pine material.

Instruments and CD-ROMs's available to order here:

Plans to download:

Website for more information

Oberflacht Lyre (Student model with case) by Michael J King

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Stick Dulcimer Review No.4: The Seagull Merlin

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

"Hometown" Cover/Tutorial on the the Stick Dulcimer/Merlin Seagull/Stru...

Cover of Bruce Springsteens "Hometown, transposed to the key of D for the Stick Dulcimer

(If you have a baritone Stick Dulcimer the same chords would play in the original key!)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Stick Ducimer in Primavera wood by Michael J King

This is a Model 3P custom  £650 with case       Primavera plain models are £450 plain unbound,  without a case,   £525 with rectangle case,  £550 with rounded case    2016 prices

Instruments for sale:
Plans to make your own:

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

(SOLD) Trossingen lyre by Michael J King

I have a slightly used Trossingen Lyre available for sale, 20% off the list price, email me for more details,   Comes with a hardcase and tuning key,   Made of maple with Kolrosing decoration,  gut strung,



Monday, 25 April 2016

New budget model of my 3 String Bowed Lyre (2016)

Made from Spruce and pinewood,   incorporating some design elements from my Shetland Gue model to simplify the construction and keep the costs down.  Another light and resonant instrument

Comes with Beechwood Bow, tuning key, rosin and spare Horsehair.

Instruments available here:

Build your own: Lyre making DVD:

Download plans:

Just a very quick sound sample ( I am not a bowed instrument player,  this is just to give you an idea of how it sounds)  My 2016 model is made from all spruce and Pine with fruitwood pegs,   light and resonant,  this is my lowest price 3 string Bowed Lyre, available from etsy within 2-3 months from purchase,   I also make hardwood and softwood custom versions with Cases to order,   email mail through my website for further information.






Friday, 1 April 2016

Lyre Making 2016 video guides

A few weeks ago I launched the 2016 Lyre DVD-ROM Disc and now the Download version too,
Plans include: Sutton Hoo, Snape, Morning Thorpe, Prittlewell, Bergh Apton, Cologne, Trossingen, Oberflacht(2 Models), Kravik lyre and the Irish Wire strung Lyre (G and D) along with the Bowed lyre plans including 2 string Jouhikkos, two Welsh Crwth plans and the Shetland Gue.

 The disc now has Offline videos for reference as well as lots of hidden bonus reference material to discover.

For getting started I have created three quick video tutorials covering Windows 10, Linux and Mac OS

 Windows 10:


Mac OS  (Download edition shown)


If you already purchased the Lyre making 2015 edition I have a free download available, if you have the 2014 or earlier edition private message me for a discount.

 Let me know if you have any questions,

 Best wishes

Michael J king


discs, or USB Flash Drive here:

More info see website

Thursday, 31 March 2016

11 String Electric Kantele

These 11 String Electric Kanteles straddle a few genres of music, probably the most unusual of the instruments I make, they have been used in everything from  New age to Heavy Metal as well as traditional folk music. The current models I have made represent an unusual mix of old and modern with the relic antique finish I use on my Lyres and traditional acoustic Kanteles with new looking guitar hardware

More information can be found on my etsy pages here:

 as well as my website 

For a little trivia  its just over 12 years since I designed and made the original version of these.

 the third Electric Kantele I had made can be seen in this very early Youtube video from 2006!:

The only artist I know  who has recorded with one of these is Chris Conway, 

chris conways kantele

Chris Conway playing at the Elgiva Theatre Chesham 2005

You can hear Chris playing this Electric Kantele on the track called "Between Waterfalls" of this album "river of Life"

chris conway

32Chris Conway
River of Life
Paradise Music PMCD042- 2005

"lush, evocative, relaxing music, played on an amazing collection of instruments", "a unique melange of world music influences from a multi-instrumental master."
You can hear one of my Electric Kanteles on the track called "Between Waterfalls"

available to purchase here

also available at

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Kravik Lyre by Michael J King, Part 2: Chord examples

Instruments here:

Plans to build your own:

Plans included on the 2016 Lyre CD-ROM,  pre-order here:

Tuning used in video A C D E F G A


Friday, 19 February 2016

Kravik Lyre by Michael J King


2016 Lyre CD will have the full size plans for this lyre included with the other plucked and bowed lyres.

Instruments available to order here:

Plans on 2016 Lyre CD-ROM, pre-order here:

If you have any questions please email me through my website:

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

"The Earls Chair" on the Stick Dulcimer

Just working on this little piece,  "The earls chair"  still rough on the edges,    demonstration on one of my recycled mahogany Stick Dulcimers,  (available to order on etsy)