Blackdown Nyckelharpas

Ian McMaster - nyckelharpa maker.

Ian Mcmaster - nyckelharpa maker

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Hello and welcome to Blackdown Nyckelharpas.  My name is Ian McMaster and for the past ten years or so I've been making musical instruments.  My interest in building nyckelharpas began when my partner tried one of Olle Plahn's instruments at St Chartier and decided she would like one.  Money was scarce at the time so, having just finished a Hurdy Gurdy  (my first instrument - start with the easy ones I say), I suggested that I make her one as a gift.  Since then I have made several instruments for friends as a way of improving the standard of my craftsmanship. I have now focused on becoming a nyckelharpa maker and have also developed my skilss as a nyckelharpa bow maker.


​The starting price for my instruments is currently £1750 for a standard model.  Upgrades to materials and components (machine heads, pegs, fine tuners, etc.) are available and will be priced accordingly.  Please visit the gallery to see examples of my work.


I also make nyckelharpa bows; these are priced from £150 and are made from Snakewood or Ipe.  Examples of these can be seen on the "For Sale" page together with any finished instruments available for immediate sale (each individually priced).


​Subject to availability, I can also supply cases from £230.


Enjoy the website!


Ian McMaster