∼Cloud Nine∼ Nyckelharpas

Nyckelharpas

∼Cloud Nine∼ Musical Instruments now builds traditional Swedish nyckelharpas!

The Nyckelharpa is sometimes called a keyed fiddle. The Swedish word "nyckel" means key and the word "harpa" means a stringed instrument. There are four bowed strings and twelve sympathetic strings that resonate with the bowed strings. The sound is magical and pensive.

Michael's first three nyckelharpas are made of solid quartersawn spruce. This includes the neck, sides, back and top (the whole body). Hard quartersawn rock maple is used for the keyguides, the keys and tangents, the peghead overlay, the bridge and the tailpiece. All wood except the bridge is carefully color stained and varnished. Future nyckelharpas may have maple neck, back and sides with a quartersawn spruce top.

Michael makes the traditional Swedish 3-row fiddle, with strings C-G-C-A. The G string has 7 keys, the higher C string has 10 keys, and the A string has 20 keys. The low C string is used as a drone.

To see and hear Michael's first nyckelharpa, please view the video in the Nyckelharpa #1 section.


Nyckelharpa #1

Nyckelharpa in the grass Bridge and strings
Nyckelharpa #1 Bridge and strings
Maker playing Nyckelharpa #1 Strings, keys and tangents
Maker playing Nyckelharpa #1 The Plans!

Nyckelharpa #2

Nyckelharpa #2 Strings, keys and tangents
Nyckelharpa #2 Strings, keys and tangents
Nyckelharpa #2 Strings, keys and tangents
Bridge and tailpiece Pegs

Nyckelharpa #3

Nyckelharpa #2 Strings, keys and tangents
Nyckelharpa #3 Side view
Nyckelharpa #2 Strings, keys and tangents
Side view Tailpiece