Barnaby Walters

I design and build modern hurdy gurdies. I aim to build instruments which are clean, compact, dynamic, expressive and musically flexible. My instruments are used by beginners and professionals alike.


The Vio is a soprano model which outperforms its compact size and offers enough musical possibilities to keep even demanding players happy for hours on end.

additional options:

Prices start from €3200. Feel welcome to get in contact if you’re interested in having an instrument built or have any questions.

Currently Available

I don’t currently have any instruments on stock. If you’re interested in ordering one, please send me an email and we can discuss your needs.


I offer hurdy gurdy tuition suitable for anyone from beginners needing a starting point to more experienced players wanting technical and expressive challenges. I’m based in Austria but often travel around Europe — check my calendar below or send me an email at to see if I’m headed your way soon.

Upcoming Dates

I don’t have any upcoming public events planned due to Coronavirus.

Contact me

If you’re interested in trying out or ordering an instrument, having a lesson, booking a performance or just chatting about hurdy gurdies, you’re very welcome to contact me. I’m best reached via email at

Ich spreche Deutsch und bin am besten per Email zu erreichen: