In the past, these (musical instruments) were made by the musicians themselves.
The flute or recorder (chabiola) was made from reeds, the bagpipes (askomandoura) from the skin of a whole goat, the lyra from mulberry wood, maple or walnut. The bow of the lyra was from the loquat tree (despola or mousmoula), its strings from a horse’s tail and it was hung about with small bells (the so-called falcon-bells).
Today a new generation of instrument makers well versed in their instruments and the Cretan musical tradition are taking this traditional art-form forward in a creative manner. A weighty role is played by Labyrinth at Houdetsi in the Herakleion Prefecture.