Check out a video of our King Lyre of Pan being played by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, Michael Levy.
“I Call strong Pan, the substance of the whole, etherial, marine, earthly, general soul, Immortal fire; for all the world is thine, and all are parts of thee, O pow’r divine. Come, blessed Pan, whom rural haunts delight, come, leaping, agile, wand’ring, starry light.” – Orphic Hymn to Pan
| Recently, Luthieros’ members managed finally to discover quite impressive, truly beautiful and long animal horns, by animals that have passed away due to natural causes. This is a very rare situation, as we always use only what nature “gives” us at any given time. So, here we are… we just finished the construction of the most impressive Kylix Lyre that we ever built, something quite obvious by the photographs! We can’t possible know when and if we will be able to manufacture similar instruments in the foreseeable future, so we have just one item here and a “first come first served” situation! 🙂
| Check out some videos of our Kylix Lyres being played by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, Michael Levy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O8Iyvb7QuA
This is the “King” of our ancient Greek Kylix’s lyres, named after “Pan”, the god of the wild, companion of the nymphs. His name originates within the Ancient Greek language from the word paein (πάειν), and he is depicted having hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.
The “King Lyre of Pan” is a member of the lyre family “Kylix”. The Ancient Greek “κύλιξ” was a type of wine-drinking cup that was used mainly during symposiums in the ancient world. For this reason, they were often decorated with depictions of Dionysos (the god of wine) and his satyrs, along with scenes of love or even orgies.
The Kylix lyres are named after that unique ancient cup, due to their primitive and authentic design (with a look like a tortoise shell for soundbox, and animal horns for arms). Every one of these lyres is one-of-a-kind, as no two tortoise shells or animal horns can be the same.
What’s more, what differentiate kylix lyres from other ancient replicas is their compact size, the ability to carry them easily and so be able to use them all the time, along with their amazing durability (due to the really strong nature of the materials in use). Regarding their sound quality, they have a more pitchy and ancient-like sound due to the limited length of their strings.
The “King Lyre of Pan” is on the top of every other Kylix lyre as we use the best materials that nature gives us at any given time. In practice, this means that we choose the best shaped horns and look like tortoise shells, and ends up with a premium and massive kylix lyre… a “King Lyre of Pan” is the best lyre in every bunch of kylix lyres that comes out from our workshop! In practice, this means that the sound quality too is at the top of every kylix bunch.
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the “King Lyre of Pan” is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians (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 has 9 gut strings (a set of nylon stings are included too, for greater durability). The soundbox is made by a look like tortoise shell, the sound-board by animal skin, the arms by animal horns, the tailpiece, the crossbar and the bridge and the keys by wood, and the plectrum by wood. The lyre’s height is 52 cm with 46 cm width, its soundbox dimensions are 19 x 13 x 8,5 cm, while the length of the vibrating strings is at the impressive range of 33-38 cm (the player can adjust this length by slightly moving the bridge of the instrument).
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.
Since the beginning of 2015, every Luthieros lyre comes with a wooden 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.
The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed…
“Goat-footed, horned, Bacchanalian Pan, fanatic pow’r, from whom the world began. Whose various parts by thee inspir’d, combine in endless dance and melody divine. In thee a refuge from our fears we find, those fears peculiar to the human kind. Thee shepherds, streams of water, goats rejoice, thou lov’st the chace, and Echo’s secret voice […]“ – Orphic Hymn to Pan
| 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).