Realistic playing experience

Playing the MidiGurdy feels very close to an acoustic hurdy-gurdy. And you can match it to your own instrument: adjust the string tension, the volume response, trompette attack and wheel resistance to make it feel just like your acoustic gurdy.

Maintenance free playing

With the MidiGurdy you can spend every minute of your precious time for practice. Don't worry about tuning or maintenance: just pick it up and start playing, even if it is just for a few minutes!

Practice in silence with headphones

Using the MidiGurdy you can finally practice hurdy-gurdy without disturbing your neighbours! Play it late at night, in a hotel room or during your lunch brake at work! Or connect it to an amplifier and rock away as loud as you want to!

Nine strings - in any key or tuning

As the MidiGurdy ist purely electronic, you can choose to play in all possible tunings on the three melody, drone and trompette strings. Even microtonal adjustments will be possible.

Visualise your trompette technique

Connect the MidiGurdy to your computer and see your trompette impulses in real time. Use it to check if they are spaced evenly on the wheel, or show your technique to your pupils when you are teaching.

Videos of the first prototype

Videos of the current prototype


  • 9 independant strings: 3 melody, 3 drone and 3 trompette strings
  • Individual sounds possible for each string
  • Adjustable volume, pitch and stereo panning on each string
  • Built-in sample-based synthesizer with stereo output
  • Sound samples can be easily changed and updated by the player
  • Polyphonic mode for keyboard (to play chords)
  • Adjustable sensitivity and "weight" of the trompette buzzer
  • Adjustable volume response to crank speed
  • Metronome (to be implemented)
  • Record and playback feature (to be implemented)
  • 10cm cast iron wheel for realistic sensation of innertia
  • Adjustable friction brake on wheel / crank
  • Save and load instrument settings and string setup as presets
  • Fast menu navigation via three buttons and roraty nob
  • 5 buttons in keybox lid to quickly mute and unmute each of the nine strings
  • Class-compliant USB-MIDI output (no drivers necessary)


The MidiGurdy will be available in two colours: black and white. Custom colours are possible, but will require additional time during production and therefore incur a surcharge, depending on the chosen colour and finish. Please ask for details if you are interested.

Technical Details

  • Dimensions: length 52cm (without crank), width 19cm, height 13cm
  • Weight: ca. 2,7kg
  • 24 keys, modelled after an instrument with 34,5cm vibrating string length
  • Width of keys: 27cm (from start of first key to end of last key)
  • Distance last key to crank: 18,5cm
  • Power supply: battery (12+ hours lifetime) or external power via USB
  • Crank / shaft with M6 thread size
  • Mini-USB 2.0 connector (battery charging, power supply, MIDI-USB output, software updates)
  • Headphone output via 6,3mm stereo jack
  • 16x2 character OLED display
  • Easily replacable Li-Ion battery

Price and Availability

The price of the MidiGurdy is 1795 Euro including 19% VAT plus shipping. I kindly ask for a deposit of 750 Euro for each order. Payment information will be provided a few weeks after your order.

The price includes: a MidiGurdy, instrument strap, hex key for removing the crank, instructions, 2 year warranty and free software updates and new hurdy-gurdy sounds.

The first instruments will be shipped early 2016. Customers will be notified of their approximate delivery date after payment of the deposit.

Please note: The development of the MidiGurdy is still ongoing. The pictures you see on this website and the features and details describe the current prototype. The pre-production models will be manufactured before the end of 2015, after which the final design and the final feature set will be decided upon.

Pre-orders and Contact

For pre-orders or any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me via email:

For a pre-order, I would need the following information:

  • Full name
  • Invoice and delivery address
  • Phone number
  • Colour choice: white or black


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