• How to replace a string on the (Children’s) Lyre / -Harp

  • How do I recognise the model of my Choroi lyre?

    If you need to to buy strings for the Choroi lyre, it is important that you specify the right model. First check how many strings should be on your instrument (count the tuning pins)  
    • 5 strings: dolfinlyre
    • 7 strings: childrens harp (d1-e1-g1-a1-b1-d2-e2)
    • 9 strings of equal length: prim-lyre
    • 9 strings: kantele
    • 12 strings: childrens lyre
    • 16 strings: bordunlier
    • 27 strings: small sopranolyre (g=lowest, a2=highest)
    • 35 snaren: old model sopranolyre, sopranolyre (+student), large sopranolyre, sonora: (e=lowest, d3=highest) CAUTION each of these models has different string thicknesses! (see photo)
    • 39 strings: old model sololyre, sololyre, solista (c=lowest, d3=highest) CAUTION different strings on the old model sololyre (see photo)
    • 42 strings: tenor-altolyre (C=lowest, f2=highest)
    • 43 strings: alto (B/D=lowest, a2=hoogste)
    • 49 strings: discantharp c=lowest, c4=highest)
    • 54 strings: harplyre (A=lowest, d3=highest)
    The most common Choroi-models can be found here: (see picture)
    choroi-lyre-models after 1990
    Choroi lyre-models before 1985
    However, an instrument may occasionally be modified to suit individual requirements. If you are not sure which model you have, please send a picture of your lyre by email and we will give you an answer soon.
  • How do you care for a Choroi flute?

    Basic care, (can also be done by the pupil):

    • Put a few drops of flute oil on an extra flute wiper with paper or cloth and wipe it through the flute tube. The teacher should have a separate oil wiper (with a strip of cloth soaked in oil) which can be passed around to oil the flute tube. The normal flute wiper is meant to absorb moisture when wiping and should therefore remain free of oil.
    • Put a drop of oil in the channel (Only for Choroi flutes!) and blow it through the opening, covering the soundhole with your index finger.
    • Put one or two drops of oil in the palm of your hands and rub the flute.
    The three oil treatments described should only be carried out occasionally, about once a month, more often with a new flute, and depending on the intensity of playing and the dryness of the wood. The flute should feel always a little greasy of oil!
    • Apart from the special Choroi flute oil, jojoba oil available in pharmacies or drugstores can also be used for oiling. Do not use oil which leaves a dry residue, as this will clog the blowhole!
    • It is important to ensure that the small movable tone block is always attached in the correct position. (The newer Quinta model no longer has a separate tone block, this is integrated into the labium)
    Regular (even short) playing is also part of the care.
  • How to prepare a new Choroi-Flute for playing?

    Preparing a new Choroi flute

    • Oil the flute in the blowhole and resonance tube, use only Choroi-fluteoil, or pure Jojoba oil
    • In the first one to two weeks, play for a maximum of 15 minutes a day.
    • In the next two to four weeks, play for about 30 minutes.

    After each playing

    • Blow through the moisture in the air channel with short, strong breaths. Close the sound hole with the tip of your index finger.
    • Wipe the mouthpiece dry with your thumb.
    • Wipe out the flute tube with the flute wiper.
  • What makes the Choroi-Flute so special?

    The Choroi flute has a small round labium, which gives the flute a very soft and flexible sound. This soft and spacious sound makes the flute very suitable for playing together in larger groups. The traditional recorder was developed for solo and small ensemble playing, the Choroi flute was developed as a school flute, but has also proven its beauty in playing together with other subtle instruments.
  • What is the difference between a=440Hz and a=432Hz

    The Choroi flute is available in two pitches: a=440Hz and a=432Hz. The difference in pitch is very small, a=432 is about a quarter tone lower. The a=432 pitch sounds a bit warmer and calmer and is therefore often used in music therapy. Instruments in this a=432 pitch cannot be played together with instruments in the usual a=440 pitch only with other a=432 Hz instruments!


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