I'm currently getting one of these built for me for a late birthday present. An Anglo-Saxon Lyre or Harp.
How cool is that?
I'm beyond excited! Andyroo is currently waiting for special glue to join the soundboard to the frame, and then the next stage can be started, but for now it looks like this:
I would also like to point out the cuteness of said husband! I'm doubly blessed!
The instructions for making my Lyre come from Michael J King, who is a very talented instrument maker and luckily also has plans for those of us who can't yet justify owning the magnificence of his finished works.
I'm looking forward to learning to play this amazing instrument. I have trouble these days with pushing hard enough on a guitar fretboard, and this might just be the alternative I've been wanting. Also, I'm a Bard, right? What Bard doesn't have a harp?