We saw a hurdy gurdy in action at Folklife Festival a few years ago, and I fell in love with it.
I've always been drawn to gypsy music, starting with Bartok's Romanian Dances in 7th grade, with my youth orchestra. There's something so complicated sounding about the hurdy gurdy. I think it's the drone strings.
Close your eyes, and you might mistake it for a bagpipe. If you're not Scottish, I suppose.