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The Golden Lyre of Erato - Lover's Ancient Greek Lyre (Chelys - 9string) - Top Quality HandCrafted Musical Instrument

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"The Muses, daughters of Mnemosyne (Memory) and Zeus […] sweetly speaking Nine […] Kleio (Clio), and Erato who charms the sight…" - Orphic Hymn to the Muses 76

"Erato for the lovers" - Plato, Cratylus 259

If you ever thought of having a unique ancient artefact in your home or even learn how to play an ancient music instrument invented by a God itself, then you never had an opportunity like this before... This listing is for a replica of an ancient Greek lyre, named after Erato, the muse of erotic poetry and lovers during the antiquity.

Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the "Lyre of Erato" is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artefact is evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by music students and teachers (for example, a modern tuning method was chosen instead of the ancient hard-to-use one). For all the minor (but very important) alterations, latest technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Scanning and 3d Modeling).

This lyre is named after Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry and especially of love and erotic poetry. The Orphic Hymn to the Muses states that it is her who charms the sight! What's more, Erato was linked during the antiquity with love, as in "Phaedrus" written by Plato. Moreover, "Rhandine" (an ancient love story) refers to her supposed tomb on the island of Samos as a pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers in the time of Pausanias.
Later, it became a very popular figure during the Renaissance, when she was often shown with a wreath of myrtle and roses, holding a lyre. According to some scholars, it might was herself that invented that divine instrument!

This lyre has 9 gut strings. The soundbox is by a look alike genuine tortoise shell gathered at the premises of Kilkis prefecture, processed to become solid and painted in gold-black tones. The sound-board is made by animal skin, the arm, the tailpiece, the crossbar, the bridge and the tuning bulges by wood, and the plectrum by animal bone. The lyre's height is 67,5 cm with 40 cm width, while its soundbox is 20 x 15 x 9 cm.

We use only top quality kinds of wood, ideal for musical instruments, such as walnut, cherry, mahogany, mulberry, maple, ebony etc. In case you are interested to learn what specific kinds of wood we used for this specific lyre's parts, don't hesitate to ask us!

Along with every lyre, a handbook is provided including all the different ancient Greek scales (for tuning the lyre) in the Aristoxenian tradition such as the Mixolydian, the Phrygian, the Dorian etc. What's more, the oldest music melodies that had survived are also included such as the Hellenistic "Seikilos Epitaph" (2.000 years old, the oldest known complete melody of the human kind), and further descriptions regarding what modes were used in the antiquity for evoking specific feelings such as sorrow, happiness, bravery etc. Last, a full-color 68-pages book (in the form of a .pdf file) will be given upon request, with more than 100 photos, describing the research behind our lyres and the whole design process.
Now, every Luthieros lyre comes with a bone plectrum, an extra set of nylon strings and a unique hand-strap (in Greek: “τελαμών”). A premium package, for a premium and authentic music instrument! A beautifully handmade premium wooden case for storing and moving around the instrument is also available here; https://www.etsy.com/listing/204283256/handmade-wooden-cases-for-our-ancient?ref=shop_home_active_1!

The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed...

"So then, I will give you this lyre, glorious son of Zeus…” - Homeric Hymn to Hermes, line 490


| Learn how to play the ancient Greek lyre!
Michael Levy, the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, put together for us 11 video lessons (available online at our website). No matter if you are a completely amateur or a professional music player, you can play the lyre following Michael's steps: http://en.luthieros.com/learn-to-play-the-lyre

| Hear how our ancient lyres sound:
(1) Hear how the "Game of Thrones" theme song would sound like if it was played in Ancient Greece (must-see), hear audio recordinga from various of our lyres, or watch players around the world playing ancient melodies with Luthieros Music Instruments: http://en.luthieros.com/be-inspired-by-players-around-the-world
(2) Check the latest music album by world-known lyre player, Michael Levy, using Luthieros' Lyre of Apollo! Support his music on iTunes or his website: http://www.ancientlyre.com/

| Check a short presentation of “The Lyre 2.0 Project”:
https://vimeo.com/85653759 (in English)

| Read the extended review of one of our lyres by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_lyre_20_project/


* Dozens of music stringed instruments around the world are direct descendants of the ancient Greek lyre: gue (Scotland), rote (England), crwth (Wales), hearpe (Germanic or Anglo-Saxon lyre), giga (Norway), talharpa (Estonia), jouhikko (Finland), knar (Armenia), lutnia (Poland), kinnor (Israel), sarangi (Nepal), sammu or tanbura or zami or zinar (Iraq, Arabian peninsula, Yemen), barbat or ektara (Pakistan), ektara (India and Bangladesh), nares-jux (Siberia), chang (Iran), kissar or tanbura or simsimiyya (Egypt, Sudan), begena or dita or krar (Ethiopia), endongo or ntongoli (Uganda), kibugander or litungu or nyatiti or obokano (Kenya) and litungu (Tanzania).

** Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the colour or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with the Etsy's images. For this reason, every instrument from the Luthieros team is undoubtedly unique. In case though you want the exact model that was photographed, please state it during the checkout! :)
"The Muses, daughters of Mnemosyne (Memory) and Zeus […] sweetly speaking Nine […] Kleio (Clio), and Erato who charms the sight…" - Orphic Hymn to the Muses 76

"Erato for the lovers" - Plato, Cratylus 259

If you ever thought of having a unique ancient artefact in your home or even learn how to play an ancient music instrument invented by a God itself, then you never had an opportunity like this before... This listing is for a replica of an ancient Greek lyre, named after Erato, the muse of erotic poetry and lovers during the antiquity.

Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the "Lyre of Erato" is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artefact is evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by music students and teachers (for example, a modern tuning method was chosen instead of the ancient hard-to-use one). For all the minor (but very important) alterations, latest technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Scanning and 3d Modeling).

This lyre is named after Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry and especially of love and erotic poetry. The Orphic Hymn to the Muses states that it is her who charms the sight! What's more, Erato was linked during the antiquity with love, as in "Phaedrus" written by Plato. Moreover, "Rhandine" (an ancient love story) refers to her supposed tomb on the island of Samos as a pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers in the time of Pausanias.
Later, it became a very popular figure during the Renaissance, when she was often shown with a wreath of myrtle and roses, holding a lyre. According to some scholars, it might was herself that invented that divine instrument!

This lyre has 9 gut strings. The soundbox is by a look alike genuine tortoise shell gathered at the premises of Kilkis prefecture, processed to become solid and painted in gold-black tones. The sound-board is made by animal skin, the arm, the tailpiece, the crossbar, the bridge and the tuning bulges by wood, and the plectrum by animal bone. The lyre's height is 67,5 cm with 40 cm width, while its soundbox is 20 x 15 x 9 cm.

We use only top quality kinds of wood, ideal for musical instruments, such as walnut, cherry, mahogany, mulberry, maple, ebony etc. In case you are interested to learn what specific kinds of wood we used for this specific lyre's parts, don't hesitate to ask us!

Along with every lyre, a handbook is provided including all the different ancient Greek scales (for tuning the lyre) in the Aristoxenian tradition such as the Mixolydian, the Phrygian, the Dorian etc. What's more, the oldest music melodies that had survived are also included such as the Hellenistic "Seikilos Epitaph" (2.000 years old, the oldest known complete melody of the human kind), and further descriptions regarding what modes were used in the antiquity for evoking specific feelings such as sorrow, happiness, bravery etc. Last, a full-color 68-pages book (in the form of a .pdf file) will be given upon request, with more than 100 photos, describing the research behind our lyres and the whole design process.
Now, every Luthieros lyre comes with a bone plectrum, an extra set of nylon strings and a unique hand-strap (in Greek: “τελαμών”). A premium package, for a premium and authentic music instrument! A beautifully handmade premium wooden case for storing and moving around the instrument is also available here; https://www.etsy.com/listing/204283256/handmade-wooden-cases-for-our-ancient?ref=shop_home_active_1!

The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed...

"So then, I will give you this lyre, glorious son of Zeus…” - Homeric Hymn to Hermes, line 490


| Learn how to play the ancient Greek lyre!
Michael Levy, the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, put together for us 11 video lessons (available online at our website). No matter if you are a completely amateur or a professional music player, you can play the lyre following Michael's steps: http://en.luthieros.com/learn-to-play-the-lyre

| Hear how our ancient lyres sound:
(1) Hear how the "Game of Thrones" theme song would sound like if it was played in Ancient Greece (must-see), hear audio recordinga from various of our lyres, or watch players around the world playing ancient melodies with Luthieros Music Instruments: http://en.luthieros.com/be-inspired-by-players-around-the-world
(2) Check the latest music album by world-known lyre player, Michael Levy, using Luthieros' Lyre of Apollo! Support his music on iTunes or his website: http://www.ancientlyre.com/

| Check a short presentation of “The Lyre 2.0 Project”:
https://vimeo.com/85653759 (in English)

| Read the extended review of one of our lyres by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_lyre_20_project/


* Dozens of music stringed instruments around the world are direct descendants of the ancient Greek lyre: gue (Scotland), rote (England), crwth (Wales), hearpe (Germanic or Anglo-Saxon lyre), giga (Norway), talharpa (Estonia), jouhikko (Finland), knar (Armenia), lutnia (Poland), kinnor (Israel), sarangi (Nepal), sammu or tanbura or zami or zinar (Iraq, Arabian peninsula, Yemen), barbat or ektara (Pakistan), ektara (India and Bangladesh), nares-jux (Siberia), chang (Iran), kissar or tanbura or simsimiyya (Egypt, Sudan), begena or dita or krar (Ethiopia), endongo or ntongoli (Uganda), kibugander or litungu or nyatiti or obokano (Kenya) and litungu (Tanzania).

** Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the colour or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with the Etsy's images. For this reason, every instrument from the Luthieros team is undoubtedly unique. In case though you want the exact model that was photographed, please state it during the checkout! :)

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Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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Returns and exchange details
We offer a 100% guarantee on our instrument’s top-quality workmanship, meaning that we will repair any structural defects or faults (we will cover the additional cost for the needed materials too).
All strings may take a day or two to adjust to the tension as well, as they are handmade with minimal machinery. Light “blemishes” that do not effect structure or sound are normal and what it makes our instruments unique and handmade. :)
In the rare case though that you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, contact us soon so we could find a solution together.

We even accept returns! You have 4 days to state so after receiving the parcel. Return shipping costs are covered by the buyer. Buyer is also responsible to properly package the instrument before shipping it. Last, the parcel must be shipped to our address (not in a delivery depot). After we receive the instrument intact, we will refund the price of the item, minus shipping costs, ETSY & Pay Pal fee, 24% IVA.
Custom orders are not refunded, so if you have any doubts about it, feel free to ask us any questions before placing your order.

All of our instruments are handmade products and the production process lends itself to variations. All Luthieros music instruments are sold "as-is" and by purchasing a Luthieros product, you acknowledge such variations will occur.

Shipping policies

Our items are carefully packaged, marked as fragile and shipped via Hellenic Post. This is the regular shipping option, unless stated otherwise by the buyer in less than 3 days after placing the order.
Until today, the vast majority of our beautifully handcrafted instruments arrived at their new homes (around the world) safely and without any issues.

Everything that is beyond us, is beyond us: that is international custom offices (and taxes), delays due to your country's post offices, mishandle and damage by your regional post office etc.
We shall not be held liable to and shall not accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any taxes or damage by your country’s state post office. Regarding the latter, do not accept packages which have been tampered with or look damaged. Open such packages in the presence of a postal clerk to ensure that the contents are secure before signing.

Insurance may be purchased at additional cost for countries that accept declared value shipments only. If that option is not offered by your country’s state post office, we can use FedEx and USPS shipping companies for insured packages. Just ask us for the additional cost, and we will inform you accordingly.

Even in the rare cases where a problem might occur that isn’t our responsibility, we will work with you to solve any issue as we did until today with 100% success. :)
Our items are carefully packaged, marked as fragile and shipped via Hellenic Post. This is the regular shipping option, unless stated otherwise by the buyer in less than 3 days after placing the order.
Until today, the vast majority of our beautifully handcrafted instruments arrived at their new homes (around the world) safely and without any issues.

Everything that is beyond us, is beyond us: that is international custom offices (and taxes), delays due to your country's post offices, mishandle and damage by your regional post office etc.
We shall not be held liable to and shall not accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any taxes or damage by your country’s state post office. Regarding the latter, do not accept packages which have been tampered with or look damaged. Open such packages in the presence of a postal clerk to ensure that the contents are secure before signing.

Insurance may be purchased at additional cost for countries that accept declared value shipments only. If that option is not offered by your country’s state post office, we can use FedEx and USPS shipping companies for insured packages. Just ask us for the additional cost, and we will inform you accordingly.

Even in the rare cases where a problem might occur that isn’t our responsibility, we will work with you to solve any issue as we did until today with 100% success. :)

Additional policies

Are you interested for bulk orders (10 or more instruments per order)? We can offer fair wholesale prices for shops and dealers around the world... Just ask us!

The Golden Lyre of Erato - Lover's Ancient Greek Lyre (Chelys - 9string) - Top Quality HandCrafted Musical Instrument

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: natural glue, sheep guts, animal skin, bone, wood, maple, tortoise shell
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