PalmosInstruments

Ancient Greek Instruments

Announcement    Based on the philosophy of Ancient Greeks on music, we began an effort to reconstruct some instruments used by our ancestors in their musical education. “Palmos” workshop is active since 2011, trying to reconstruct instruments that are exact replica of ancient Greek. The sources from which we draw information are mainly philosophical and historical texts as well as images on vases.

The constructions of our instruments are made in the way and materials that were probably used at that time. No modern intervention has been made to improve the sound or the appearance of the instruments. The materials are provided by nature, so it also defines their shape and size. What we use is goat horns, goatskin, cowhide straps and woods sprouting on Greek soil. At this point, we must clarify and emphasize that no animals were killed for the construction of the insteuments.

Respecting all living creatures and with absolute ecological consciousness following the principle of re-use, we use tortoiseshells which we find and collect them in wooded areas, which most of the times we find them broken into pieces. Then we reassemble them and restore their original appearance. In this way we also limit the excessive use of wood.

Check our workshop and instruments
http://www.palmosmusic.com/

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 5, 2021

Based on the philosophy of Ancient Greeks on music, we began an effort to reconstruct some instruments used by our ancestors in their musical education. “Palmos” workshop is active since 2011, trying to reconstruct instruments that are exact replica of ancient Greek. The sources from which we draw information are mainly philosophical and historical texts as well as images on vases.

The constructions of our instruments are made in the way and materials that were probably used at that time. No modern intervention has been made to improve the sound or the appearance of the instruments. The materials are provided by nature, so it also defines their shape and size. What we use is goat horns, goatskin, cowhide straps and woods sprouting on Greek soil. At this point, we must clarify and emphasize that no animals were killed for the construction of the insteuments.

Respecting all living creatures and with absolute ecological consciousness following the principle of re-use, we use tortoiseshells which we find and collect them in wooded areas, which most of the times we find them broken into pieces. Then we reassemble them and restore their original appearance. In this way we also limit the excessive use of wood.

Check our workshop and instruments
http://www.palmosmusic.com/

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Giorgos Nikas

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Giorgos Nikas

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(5)
  • Corvidcarnival on Aug 12, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the first lyre I’ve ever bought and I was exceedingly happy with the product and service, especially since I was so anxious. I asked a lot of questions and they replied quickly and patiently each and every time.
    Before my lyre shipped out to me, Giorgos gave me a video of how to tune and pluck and what parts are what, emphasizing that he was there for me if I needed him. When I later asked if he could recommend any good places for me to learn, he said he could give me another video of some basics when he could and referenced me to a book which I bought.
    The lyre was definitely crafted with love and care and shipping was fast. It was easy to tune and the notes had a lower thrum compared to higher twangs of modern lyres which is what I wanted.
    Needless to say, I’m very happy to join the Lyre world.

  • chris on May 20, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing instrument! The sound goes way beyond our expectations and the artistically designed and wisely built body of the lyra shows great experience, craftmanship, love and professionalism! We received it on time and we can't get enough of it. Thank you so much PalmosInstruments!

  • EFI on Mar 30, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    At the beginning I was not very sure about this store because it doesn't have many sales compared to other stores that sell similar instruments. All the palmos instruments seems to have very good quality and each of them seems unique and beautiful.
    So I made the decision to make the order and I did not regret it at all. George was very willing to help and the shippment was sent immediately and very well packed!
    Now let's get to the point. The instrument is excellent and of high standard quality. Fantastic craftsmanship with clear and bright sound! it is hand painted and uniquely decorated. I'm glad that i bought, not just a musical instrument, but a piece of art too!!! The extras that accompany the instrument were a big surprise! I am very very happy with my choice and of course I highly recommend this store!!

  • Takemoto on Oct 31, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you so much.
    It was so beautiful work same as before.
    I am very grateful to know the instruments.
    I am going to take lots of care.

  • Takemoto on Sep 18, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    It didn't take long to decide to order since I found your beautiful instrument through Etsy.
    I have never seen this traditional type of instruments before and I was so happy to find them.
    All transaction was so smooth and I appreciate your kindness.
    Thank you so much again.

About PalmosInstruments

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On Etsy since 2017

We reconstruct ancient greek instruments based on surviving historical sources.

The citizens of ancient Greece, mentioning the term music, meant that complex art, which included the melody, the movement, dance and the lyrics (poetry). Her role was important in every social event such as religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals, athletic competitions, dramatic games, gyms, as well as in the war and in most other daily activities.
But beyond the effect on body and spirit, the ancient Greeks thought it was very important to the soul. Plato and Aristotle, in their quest for a theoretical approach to the psychosomatic effect of music, highlighted the "power of music". The educational and therapeutic value of music is indisputable. As an element of culture, it was not just a form of art and self-expression, but also a structural element in education, inextricably linked with virtue and philosophy.
So, based on the philosophy of Ancient Greeks on music, we began an effort to reconstruct some instruments used by our ancestors in their musical education. "Palmos" workshop is active since 2011, trying to reconstruct instruments that are exact copies of ancient Greek. The sources from which we draw information are mainly philosophical and historical texts as well as images on vases.
The constructions of our instruments are made in the way and materials that were probably used at that time. No modern intervention has been made to improve the sound or the appearance of the instruments. The materials are provided by nature, so it also defines their shape and size. What we use is tortoiseshells, goat horns, goatskin, cowhide straps and woods sprouting on Greek soil. At this point, we must clarify and emphasize that no animals were killed for the construction of our instruments. Tortoise shells have been found and harvested in wooded areas broken and reassembled.

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  • Giorgos Nikas

    Owner

    "Palmos" workshop is active since 2011, trying to reconstruct instruments that are exatct copies of ancient Greek ones. The sources from which we draw information are mainly philosophical and historical texts as well as images on vases.

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