ODE Pickup for ancient and early musical instruments
Do you own an ancient or early musical instrument, and you need to amplify it for a live performance, to connect it with a multi-effects processor (like a guitar pedal), or to use it for the needs of studio recordings?
ODE Pickup is all you need: simple to use and attach to your instrument, with premium sound quality, and already tested with dozens of ancient and early musical instruments.
The ODE Pickup development is based on LUTHIEROS experiments in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Sound Labs (Journalism Department), and it is backed up by research data already published in academic conferences.
What’s more, it is designed with the help of top-notch ancient and early musicians, and it is highly recommended by world-renowned lyre players such as Lina Palera and Theodore Koumartzis!
ODE Pickup is designed to be used with all the product range of LUTHIEROS ancient-inspired instruments, such as the lyre, the barbiton, the kitharis, the phorminx, the pandura, the sambuca, etc.
What’s more, it can be used with any early string musical instrument with wooden or skin soundboard, or even modern acoustic instruments. In that sense, ODE Pickup is universally applicable, it has a standard size, and it comes with a fixed cable with an output jack of 6.3 mm with a velcro holder.
Historic Accuracy & Playability
It's not a battle. It's about finding the right balance.
^ (Terracotta depiction from Apulia, Archaeological Museum of Naples) Ancient amphitheaters were open-air venues, designed specially to amplify the sound of a lyre or any other ancient musical instrument. Due to their excellent acoustics, they are considered to be the natural amplifiers of the ancient world. If you don't have access to an amphitheater, then ODE Pickup is the next best thing to amplify the sound of your ancient or early musical instrument.
< (Terracotta depiction from Apulia, Archaeological Museum of Naples) Ancient amphitheaters were open-air venues, designed specially to amplify the sound of a lyre or any other ancient musical instrument. Due to their excellent acoustics, they are considered to be the natural amplifiers of the ancient world. If you don't have access to an amphitheater, then ODE Pickup is the next best thing to amplify the sound of your ancient or early musical instrument.
Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life
To handcraft premium ancient-inspired artifacts with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, build a lot of prototypes, test them with great musicians, etc.
And all of these, to conclude to meaningful compromises that have to be made, that are both deeply justified and make sense in terms of usability/playability. All in all, our ultimate goal is to serve the modern musician, and to bring ancient artifacts back to life as fully functional musical instruments and accompanying products.
During the R&D phase for ODE Pickup, we faced a series of challenges due to the nature of the materials in use at ancient and early musical instruments. An in-depth understanding of how the sound is produced in the latter (from string plucking to soundboard vibrations) is crucial in deciding the needed features that ODE Pickup must have in order to be able to capture the most complete frequency range possible.
Koumartzis, Nikolaos et al. (2015). A New MusicInstrument from Ancient Times: Modern Reconstruction of the Greek Lyre of Hermes using 3DLaser Scanning, Advanced Computer Aided Design and Audio Analysis, Journal of New MusicResearch, 44:4, 324-346.
Koumartzis, Theodore & Kotsakis, Rigas (2016). Study and Comparison of Audio Responses of Ancient Greek Lyra with the Integration of Piezoelectric Elements, Hellenic Acoustic Conference, Thessaloniki, 2016.
Terpstra, Siemen (1993). "An Introduction to the Monochord", Alexandria 2: The Journal of the Western Cosmological Traditions, Volume 2, p.137-9. David Fideler, ed. Red Wheel/Weiser.
Zhmud, Leonid (2012), Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans, translated by Windle, Kevin; Ireland, Rosh, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
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"All of these beautiful lyres, lovingly hand-crafted by Luthieros are indeed, divine artifacts, reintroduced into the modern world… " - Michael Levy, a world-renowned lyre player. Read his extended review here.
"Electric guitars are very often provided with vibrato, tremolo or whammy bars. That concept was in fact invented by the ancient Greeks twenty four hundred years ago. Kithara was a musical instrument very popular during the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. This is a reproduction that was made by the Greek master luthier Anastasios Koumartizis of Luthiers Music Instruments." - Peter Pringle, a professional Canadian musician, and well-known ancient instruments player. Watch his extended video review here.
"Can't be happier with my lyre! Learning how to play this amazing piece of art! The lyre has amazing finishes and you can feel it's made with love and skilfull hands." - Jaume Gual Bennàssar, Balearic Islands, Spain (verified review through Etsy.com).
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"It’s handcrafted with such care and the materials are fine and well chosen. It arrived to us safely all the way from Greece and we were able to track it all the way so we always knew what was happening." - Rachel Loeb, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (verified review through Etsy.com).
"Amazing company! I was very skeptical about ordering an instrument online but it was packaged very safely and arrived in such a timely manner! Luthieros also has some of the best communication skills I've ever encountered with a company, I had many questions that were all answered with great detail shortly after I asked them." - Batherus Batherus, New York, U.S.A. (verified review through Etsy.com).
"The Koumartzis familia have been making replicas of ancient Greek instruments for many years, used by famous lyre players. They also contribute to their musical passions through research and collaborations." - Ancient History Encyclopedia. Read the extended tribute here.
"My ancient Kithara, handcrafted by Luthieros Music Instruments, is for me a very interesting challenge. As an instrument is both old and new. It carries a history of many centuries and at the same time_ it is a very modern challenge that requires a creative approach to musical archetypes. After many experiments […] I discover that this instrument has but many extensions and features that are not noticeable at first glance. The construction is both sturdy and thin, and made of quality woods, which are eclectic, stylish and durable." - Ross Daly, a professional world musician of Irish descent.
"Absolutely fantastic! A truly wonderfully crafted instrument. I can’t put it down. It feels wonderful to play and is transporting me back in time." - Sarah Tilsley, West Sussex, U.K. (verified review through Etsy.com).
ODE Pickup for ancient and early musical instruments