Hurdy-Gurdy - musical instrument by UGears

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Hurdy-Gurdy: the world's first mechanical musical model for self-assembly and play is a genuine gem of the Ugears collection.


The hurdy-gurdy is a string instrument that produces a sound resembling one of a bagpipe by a hand-turned wheel rubbing against the strings working similarly to a violin and a fiddle bow.  

The history of this instrument begins in the 15th century. One of the earliest forms of the hurdy-gurdy was the organistrum (a portable organ) in Medieval Europe. After some modifications it became a common instrument among travelling musicians in England and went through its renaissance period in the later 17th-18th centuries as more of the noble class musical instrument for the amusement of the rich. Those instruments were decorated by craftsmen with inlays and carving and had the built-in hurdy-gurdy mechanism into the guitar or lute body. Some call the Hurdy-Gurdy music "a medieval rock’n’roll", which we find pretty cool. It captured us and we decided to create the Ugears' version of the Hurdy-Gurdy.


UGears keeps expanding the creative world of hobbies and opening an assembly process as an exciting game. Inspired by the art of Celtic and Scandinavian medieval craftsmen and enriched by smart engineering of the XXI century UGears is introducing — Hurdy-Gurdy – the world’s first mechanical musical model and the genuine gem of the collection. It is  the most extraordinary mechanical model kit which is all-in-one: model for self-assembly, toy and fully fledged musical instrument.  The Hurdy-Gurdy plays dancing melodies, from folk to modern, being the bridge between the medieval times and the present day. The unique blend of the joy of creation, playing music, and engineering and design. Just build it together with your own hands and feel like Stradivari or a popular Hurdy-Gurdy star!  The Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy model was successfully launched on Kickstarter in July, 2017

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. Pushing the wooden buttons with the fingers of the other hand changes the pitch of the melody string, as "spring-loaded" wooden blocks essentially shorten the string. Ugears will include some tablature with the kit to get newbies off to a flying start.

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. 


Model Size: 15,7*6.5*8,7 in (40*16,5*22 cm)

Package size: 14,9*6.7*2 in (37,8*17*5 cm)

Assembly Time: 4-5 hours

Recommended Age: 14+



Number of components: 292

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Lynne Hogben

I was hooked!

After buying one for our daughter-in-law, I decided to get one for myself, with the intention of letting my husband make it for me. However he has not got a look in. It arrived in two days and within half an hour of it arriving I had started it, and have not been able to keep away from it ever since. I have almost finished it and am now looking forward to my next model. What have I been missing all these years. Thank you it is wonderful, and as well as being a musical instrument, it is a thing of beauty.

Lynne H.
United Kingdom


As I bought this as a present for our daughter-in-law, I cannot comment on an overall experience, but I was pleased with the efficiency of the delivery procedure. I intend to purchase a Hurdy-Gurdy for myself, so will then be in a position to comment.

Mrs H.
United Kingdom

UGears Machanical Models Hurdy Gurdy

I bought a Hurdy Gurdy kit off UGears Machanical Models after a short Internet search, for an unusual musical instrument for husbands birthday. The site was easy to order from and my parcel arrived a couple of days later by normal postage. My husband is absolutely thrilled with his present and has now watched many YouTube videos on how to build it and to play it. He hopes to have the time to build it soon. Looking at the videos, it’s obviously a top quality product which will give him many hours of entertainment. Thanks

Sophie R.
United Kingdom

Big success!

This kit was perfect - it was well-made, beautifully designed and the instructions were clear enough that my teenage daughter could follow them herself with no difficulty. She is very pleased with the finished hurdy-gurdy and, although it doesn’t make a great noise, it is perfectly adequate for her to learn the basics on. I would happily buy another kit or recommend them to others.

Pip C.
United Kingdom

U Best Family Present Ever!

My family had such a good time together building this working instrument. It's a beautiful thing and so clever not to need any tools or glue. The instrument makes an eery sound, as though it is coming from a wax cylinder recording from long ago. My wife kept saying "this is the best present ever"!

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