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Pros: Lovely look and sound. The tinkling sound is very different from other stringed instruments. Handles well; strings are just far enough apart that they're easy to pluck, without making the instrument bulky.
Cons: It doesn't stay in tune; you'll have to tune it just about every time you want to use it. You'll need to use a keyboard to tune by ear, or a tuning app. So it's giftable, but only to someone who will be able to tune it up when they want to play. The tuning pins bent pretty badly upon first tuning the instrument. They seem to be stable now.
So for the look and sound and playability, I want to give this a great review. But because of the tuning / tuning pin issues, I only rate this 3 stars.
OK I love my Lyre really nicely designed and very easy to play the only single grip i have is that the last cord the 10th one is so paper thin and absolutely so delicate it breaks if you sneeze on it. that is the only thing that needs to be adjusted that one string needs to be stronger. other than that this is a really nice product get one and learn to play it you'll have tons of fun.