"Two courses are 'drone strings' set to octaves. Five are melody strings, the lower three courses, being octaves, the upper two, in unison."
The Masterbard's lyranthe was made by the Paravian, Elshian, and is passed on from Masterbard to apprentice as a symbolic passing of the office itself. It is made of cirtus-waxed, varnished wood, and has topaz settings, small emeralds, and carved and inlaid bands with rows of ebony tuners. It is also stamped with Elshian's maker's rune in pearl inlay on the back of the soundboard.
- The author has provided information on tuning a lyranthe in the Author's FAQ under "How do you tune a lyranthe?".