Without a single doubt, france was the center of the hurdy gurdy world in this centuries, the Vielle a roue as they call it in france was very popular in dance settings, especially in bal folk
We can see many traditional instruments from the XIX and the XX centuries being played nowadays, they are fairly easy to find in auctions and second hand in france, here’s a list of some of the popular makers.
Popular french hurdy gurdy makers in XIX & XX centuries
- Pajot Jeune
- Cailhe – Decante