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THE QUARTZOPHONE® L1 (crystal lyre)
Where sound and crystalline frequencies bring well-being.”
Gaudry Normand, inventor of Quartzophone® instruments, presents the Quartzophone L1. Inspired by the ancient Greek lyre and using a new high-tech process of thermoforming, it is the perfect mariage of old and new. With its luminous transparency, refined curves and slim profile this is an extremely elegant instrument. According to some art critics, this instrument is a beautiful work of art and should be exhibited in museums!
The Quartzophone L1 has eight pure quartz crystal tubes (99.9% SiO2). The tubes are perfectly and harmoniously tuned to the 7 notes plus octave of the C major scale, with in 432 Hz or in 442 Hz.
Note: the Quartzophone L1 is precisely tuned and it will stay permanently in tune, whatever the ambient climatic conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.).
The extraordinary sound of the Quartzophone L1 is based on our patented system. This unique mechanism is composed of several elements, including tension-adjusting keys or screws, two continuous strings in an angular, zigzag pattern and slender metal pins specifically designed to support the strings and the tubes. This allows the tubes to oscillate freely – even while they remain exactly centred between the pins – creating a pure, divine sound!
The strikers are another of our unique inventions: we make them in a material that has a specific density, mold them into a rounded shape, then cover them by hand with a special felt. This design prevents harsh striking noises when playing, and facilitates creating pure, cristaline, nourishing and sweet sounds. By simply tapping lightly on the tubes and by gliding the striker over several tubes, you can easily create a sustained synergy of sound, a crystal symphony!
The L1: a new version of the crystal lyre
Recently we have developed a new and improved version of the Quartzophone L1. In addition to its curved shape, the transparent acrylic frame is now arced as well. This beautiful, 3-D shape is ergonomical: holding and playing the instrument is now easier than ever. This unique model is of the highest quality on every level; no details have been overlooked. For example, the frame is perfectly polished and the edges are expertly beveled. What’s more, the handle fits your hand perfectly and makes the instrument very comfortable to hold.
A very light instrument, the L1 weighs only 3.9 pounds (1.8 kilograms). It measures approximately 20 inches high (51 cm). The unique design of the frame – a single, seamless, curved form – makes the frame ultra resistant, almost invincible!
The L1 comes with two strikers, a transparent presentation stand (2 pieces that can be separated for travel) and a padded, soft-sided case. On the custom-designed case you will find our Quartzophone trademark as well as pockets designed specially for carrying the accessories.
Like the H1, the L1 is a Quartzophone-brand instrument, handmade exclusively in Canada, in the crystal workshop of Mine Cristal, Bonsecours, Quebec. Each instrument is engraved with our trademark and a unique serial number. () We give a one-year guarantee on each instrument.
Note: we also produce deluxe, limited edition models (eg. 24-tube models, models with gold- and titanium-plated tubes, etc.). Contact us for more information.
Different ways to play
The Quartzophone L1 is very easy to play; both beginners and professional musicians tell us they are happy about this. You can play it while holding it against ones’ chest with one hand and steadying it against your shoulder; this allows for free and easy movement while holding the instrument. Try waltzing with the instrument or making back-and-forth movements; this produces amazing Doppler-like effects! You can also play it upright on its stand or laid horizontally on a table; in this case you can use both strikers.
The L1 is a versatile instrument and can be used in many different contexts: for its acoustic quality, as a musical instrument, for therapy and to facilitate meditation.
These unique instruments are protected in many countries by many patents, including both design and mechanical patents.
How to order
Come to our store when we hold one of our special event days (see the Schedule page) or you can take a private appointment to come in and try out this divine instrument. We keep the L1 in stock at all times.
Do you live far away from Bonsecours? Contact us to have an instrument sent directly to your door, or to find out how to contact an authorized distributor near you.
Note to retailers: if you are interested in becoming an authorized retailer, please conact us.
Special Event Days
Why not come experience crystal musical instruments at a Unison® concert? Visit the Schedule page to see when the next concerts will be held.
Everyone on our mailing list is notified about upcoming special events at Mine Cristal. To add your name to our mailing list and be the first to know, contact us. You can also follow us on Facebook (link to the left).
See photos of the Quartzophone L1.
Here is a video of “Grace,” an original composition based on “Amazing Grace,” played on the Quartzophone L1 (crystal lyre) by Pauline Normand.
Here is a video of Pauline Normand playing the Quartzophone L1 (crystal lyre) and the crystal vessels (singing bowls). Do you recognize the well-known musical themes, interwoven into this original composition?
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