Telamonas (hand-strap) – Authentic Handmade Telamon for Ancient Replica Instruments
This listing is for a hand-strap (τελαμών, in greek) made of synthetic thread and hand-knitted. A τελαμών (hand-strap) was used by the player to “secure” the lyre on his upper body and be able to hit the strings with both his hand, for advanced lyre playing.
Each Luthieros hand-strap (telamon) has 30 cm length and 2,8 cm width.
This hand-strap is ideal to be used on one our ancient replica lyres, but it can be purchased by players that own an ancient replica string instrument by other luthiers too!
Needless to say that no animal was harmed during the manufacturing process of our hand-straps.
Historic Accuracy & Playability
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^ A female oinochoe (wine pitcher) playing a barbiton lyre with 8 strings. Terracotta red-figure, 490-480 B.C. Ιnscription in Greek: "He is beautiful; She is beautiful." Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.
< A female oinochoe (wine pitcher) playing a barbiton lyre with 8 strings. Terracotta red-figure, 490-480 B.C. Ιnscription in Greek: "He is beautiful; She is beautiful." Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.
Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life
To handcraft premium ancient-replicas with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, analyze hundreds of ancient depictions, 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.
This is true whether you handcraft a prominent musical instrument or a small part of it, an additional accessory for a lyre, or a revolutionary new part to further evolve it. Our master luthiers, along with our R&D team, pay attention to even the most minor of the details, and the big picture always takes care of itself.
Robinson, D.M. (1938). Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum U.S.A.: volume 3, The Robinson Collection, Harvard University Press.
Koumartzis et al. (2015). A New Music Instrument from Ancient Times: Modern Reconstruction of the Greek Lyre of Hermes using 3D Laser Scanning, Advanced Computer Aided Design and Audio Analysis. Journal of New Music Research. 44. 324-346.
Maas, M. & McIntosh Snyder, J. (1989). Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece, New Haven.
Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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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 Luthieros Music Instruments." - Peter Pringle, a professional Canadian musician, and well-known ancient instruments player. Watch his extended video review here.
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"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.
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