The Lyre of Sappho – Ancient Greek Barbiton Lyre
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the “Barbiton Lyre of Sappho” is made of (and only) natural materials available today as during antiquity.
This replica of the well-known ancient artefact 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 7 strings. The soundbox is made to look like a tortoise shell and to produce rich sound, the arm, the tailpiece, the crossbar, the tuning keys and the bridge by maple wood, the sound-board by animal skin, and the plectrum by wood. The lyre’s height is 80 cm with 36-37 cm width, while its soundbox dimensions are 17 x 15 x 8 cm.
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, 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…