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Fad gadgets: The gizmos putting the prog into progress

The Hurdy-Gurdy, Soundbrake and Beobrew are the coolest music-themed gadgets you can get your hands on this month


Ugears have been making self-build wooden kits for a few years, with a catalogue consisting of trams and fire trucks. But now they’re moving into the world of musical instruments with this extraordinary looking hurdy-gurdy. It’s cheap, made of wood, snaps together in a stressful hour or so, and allows you to evoke the spirit of Blackmore’s Night in your living room. Ugears describe it as “an indelible symbol of medieval life”, which could also apply to cholera, but this is considerably more enjoyable.

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