Big Soprano Lyre
Because of the lyre literature a bigger tonal range of the lyre has been desirable. And so I developed two somewhat bigger soprano lyres, the Solo Soprano Lyre and the new Solo Lyre. They have tonal ranges from e’’’ to H and have 42 strings.
The bridge over which the strings of the lyre are spanned, transfers the vibrations to the resonance top of the body of sound. I wanted to avoid interruption of the sound in its transfer from bridge to top plate and so - after many years of reflection and attempts - I built two soundholes.
When these modified lyres were presented the audience was able to clearly distinguish the sound of lyres with one soundhole and with two soundholes. An order from a representative Japanese agency followed. Pursuant to that the agency presented these lyres in Japan, and since that presentation many instruments have found their way to Japan.
The Narinda "Family"
Another development concerns an entirely new instrument. In close cooperation with the musical therapist and eurhythmic healer Helga Krings (+) I created an instrument on which you can accompany a melody in a very easy way. For a long time I searched for the suitable wood type and the right shape. Finally the Narinda emerged. Its shape resembles the shape of an egg. The name has a sweet sound and is inspirational.
The original Narinda was an accord instrument for accompanyiment. Then the melody Narinda appeared with which you cannot only accompany but also play melodies. The smallest instrument of this family is the baby Narinda with a pentatonic tuning. It enables children to play music from a very early age. Then the Lute-Narinda appeared, an instrument rich with overtones and with a spherical sound, resembling an Irish harp.