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Old 08-16-2009, 12:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'd love to get ds (almost 2) a kinder lyre for christmas and I'm looking at Harps of Lorian kits. I think the kit would be a nice indoor project for us this winter. Has anyone put one together? How difficult is it? I enjoy beginning woodworking but I'm by no means experienced in any skills. I'd hate to mess up such an expensive instrument. Any thoughts?
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We got a Kinder Lyre kit from Harps of Lorien and it was really easy to put together. All you have to do is sand the lyre, apply a finish, cut wires, thread it, screw the pins down, and tune it.

Ask the owner if he has any second quality kits. We got a really good discount and the only flaws were that two pin holes were visible from the back. I also suggest buying a case so it doesn't get damaged if you take it places and an extra set of strings because I broke a string when I tried tuning it
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We got a Kinder Lyre kit from Harps of Lorien and it was really easy to put together. All you have to do is sand the lyre, apply a finish, cut wires, thread it, screw the pins down, and tune it.

Ask the owner if he has any second quality kits. We got a really good discount and the only flaws were that two pin holes were visible from the back. I also suggest buying a case so it doesn't get damaged if you take it places and an extra set of strings because I broke a string when I tried tuning it
Exactly this! We got the seconds kit for $75 from Harps of Lorien and it's really beautiful. It was fun and easy to put together and easy to learn to play too. I would second the recommendation to get a second set of strings - we didn't break one yet, but I can see how it would be easy to do. I'd also recommend an electronic guitar tuner (Harps of Lorien sells one) because I had trouble tuning it without one.

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The sanding and waxing would be really fun for your little one! We have a KinderLyre (it was not a kit), and have really enjoyed it. And extra strings are really great to have around!

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