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Tanpura, 4 Strings, Male, Pro, ABS This 58 inch long male tanpura is made by A.B. Satarmaker, master craftsman of Miraj India. The city of Miraj is known to produce the finest tanpura in the world. The typical north Indian tanpura, favored by Hindustani musicians, is known as the Miraj style. The ABS tanpuras have been hand crafted in Miraj for over 100 years by four generations of the Balasaheb family. The art of tanpura and sitar making has been honed and improved from father to son. The Balasaheb family has perfected innovations to improve the look and sound of the instrument. They skillfully cut the pumpkin gourd to create the correct shape, and join the gourd and body pieces with precision. They understand how the thickness of the wood body and neck will affect the tone of the instrument and take great care to craft the structures of even thickness. The progenitor of the Balasaheb family originally made his tanpura from teak. Today, this wood is becoming scarce and is too costly to use. ABS tanpuras are crafted from seasoned toon wood. The ABS tanpuras are characterized by accurate woodwork, precise joining, artful decorations, and attention to the finishing and Jawari (tuning) work. The result is a light weight instrument of high sound quality that will last for years to come. The current proprietor, A. B. Satarmaker, is as proud of his tanpura as he is proud of his family. The AMB/Miraj maker's mark is inlayed on the soundboard above the bridge. The tanpura is an Indian drone instrument known for its rich sound. It resembles the sitar in size and shape, but has no frets and no sympathetic strings. Most Tanpura have four strings tuned to the tonic, a few have 5 or 6 strings. The name of the instrument has a number of variations, including: tanpura, tanpoora, tambura, thamboora, thambura, and tamboora. Male tanpuras are larger than the female. The decorative inlays may vary, but all are artfully carved. Includes wooden case. Freight shipping only, too big for Fedex. Shipping price could be more than listed. TMSP-ABS   $1062.00  

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Bulbul Tarang, 23 inch Long (Indian Banjo) Bulbul Tarang, 23" Long (Indian Banjo) 23" long, with 10 steel strings. This is not a Kentucky banjo. The case is integral to the instrument. Eight main strings are plucked or strummed with picks while depressing keys to change the notes. Instrument has two sympathetic strings. The main strings on a banjo are all tuned to the same note.It can be any note comfortable to the vocals. Then tune the sympathetic strings to a complimentary harmonic.Indian instruments are usually tuned for the vocals or the particular Raga or song being played. They are not limited to one tuning. An important note about Indian Banjo qualityIn general, the quality standards on Indian instruments usually focus on the functionality of the instrument. The esthetic quality is secondary; Indian instruments often sound better than they look. The BulBul Tarang is the most striking example of this phenomenon. Marred finishes, dents, dings, surface imperfections and general blemishes are standard. We do sort through the shipments when they arrive and take the most blemished out of the first quality inventory. However, you should not expect an Indian Banjo to be un-marred.

SPECIAL NOTE: No Warranty on Strings BANJ   $109.90  


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Banjira Bulbul Tarang String Set The Banjira Bulbul Tarang String Set contains 10 steel strings with looped ends. The strings on a Bulbul Tarang are arranged in two groups, one group for drone and one group for melody. The melody strings are commonly tuned to the same note, or in octaves, while the drone strings are tuned to the 1st and 5th of the melody strings.

String Gauges
1-10 .009 .234 Steel
BJSBLTR   $13.90  

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Small Gopichand Approximately 19"x3". Smallest of the Gopichands, with the highest pitch. This one stringed instrument provides a range of sounds, in one long slur, by applying pressure to the side struts.

The Gopichand, also called gopiyantra or khamak, is special to Bengal. A bamboo cane is split in 2 lengthwise but kept whole at one end. The lower ends of the 2 arms are fixed to the sides of a small wooden cylinder with a skin base. A string of steel tied to a knob at one end passes through the center of the skin and the free end is attached to a peg on top of the bamboo. Both the arms are held in the left hand and alternately pressed and released, changing the pitch, while the string is simultaneously plucked with the right hand. The gopichand is used by religious mendicants for accompanying pastoral songs and is a favorite instrument of the bauls of Bengal. The instrument is used mainly as a rhythm instrument. DRU185   $21.90  

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Large Gopichand The Gopichand, also called gopiyantra or khamak, is special to Bengal. A bamboo cane is split in 2 lengthwise but kept whole at one end. The lower ends of the 2 arms are fixed to the sides of a small wooden cylinder with a skin base. A string of steel tied to a knob at one end passes through the center of the skin and the free end is attached to a peg on top of the bamboo. Both the arms are held in the left hand and alternately pressed and released, changing the pitch, while the string is simultaneously plucked with the right hand. The gopichand is used by religious mendicants for accompanying pastoral songs and is a favorite instrument of the bauls of Bengal. The instrument is used mainly as a rhythm instrument. 30" DRU228   $33.90  

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Dotara, Deluxe Bass, Dark Purple Do means two and tar means string in Hindi. The two string, base is called a Dotar. This delux Dotar has brass decorations. The strings can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck. Simple and fun to play. This is a folk instrument made in the central coastal State of Maharashtra. The soundboard is goat skin is tightly stretched over an opening cut in the pumpkin gourd body. A bamboo shaft which serves as the neck Two strings are stretched from a hook at the end of the gourd, over the bridge, to the tuning pegs at the end of the bamboo shaft. Lengths and pegs may vary. 44"-50" EKDB-PR   $79.90  

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Dotara, Deluxe Tenor Do means two and tar means string in Hindi. 6"x30". The two strings can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck. Simple and fun to play. This is a folk instrument made in the central coastal State of Maharashtra. The soundboard is goat skin is tightly stretched over an opening cut in the pumpkin gourd body. A bamboo shaft which serves as the neck One strings is (are) stretched from a hook at the end of the gourd, over the bridge, to the tuning peg at the end of the bamboo shaft. EKDT   $79.90  

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Dotara, Bass Ek means one and tar means string in Hindi, Do means two. The two string, base is called a Dotar. The strings can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck. Simple and fun to play. This is a folk instrument made in the central coastal State of Maharashtra. The soundboard is goat skin is tightly stretched over an opening cut in the pumpkin gourd body. A bamboo shaft which serves as the neck Two strings are stretched from a hook at the end of the gourd, over the bridge, to the tuning pegs at the end of the bamboo shaft. EKTB   $79.90  

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Dotara, Bass Ek means one and tar means string in Hindi, Do means two. The two string, bass is called a Dotar. The strings can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck. Simple and fun to play. This is a folk instrument made in the central coastal State of Maharashtra. The soundboard is goat skin is tightly stretched over an opening cut in the pumpkin gourd body. A bamboo shaft which serves as the neck Two strings are stretched from a hook at the end of the gourd, over the bridge, to the tuning pegs at the end of the bamboo shaft. Instrument Measurements: Length ranges from 43 3/4" to 44" EKTB   $79.90  

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Shahi Baaja, Electronic Paloma, Green Professional Paloma brand electric shahi baaja with integral 10 string swarmandal. Double pick up, tone and volume control, 30-typewriter type keys, solid wood body, traditional earth tones, over 36-inches long. The metal strings are plucked or strummed with picks. Depressing the keys changes the notes. There are two types of string, Main and Drone. The two main metal strings are plucked or strummed with picks while depressing the keys to change the notes. There are three drone strings that run between the main strings and the 10 swarmandal style strings. The instrument comes with all required cords and accessories and is compatible with most guitar amplifiers. Hard case included. SBJG   $756.00  

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Saraswati Veena, Vina (second) Originally STR178 - Repaired crack by compartment in peghead - does not affect playability. SEC2707   $995.00  

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Ektara, Soprano Ek means one and tar means string in Hindi. 5"x23", simple and fun to play, one string can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck. Simple and fun to play. This is a folk instrument made in the central coastal State of Maharashtra. The soundboard is goat skin is tightly stretched over an opening cut in the pumpkin gourd body. A bamboo shaft which serves as the neck One strings is (are) stretched from a hook at the end of the gourd, over the bridge, to the tuning peg at the end of the bamboo shaft. STR019   $39.90  

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Dilruba These instruments are a combination of the sitar and the sarangi. The dilruba uses a neck and frets very much like a sitar, but uses a wooden body with a skin head and is played with a bow like a sarangi. Players fingers do not touch frets but just barely touch the strings to make the notes used in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northwest India. Flat base. Sympathetic strings. Amazing sound! STR135   $349.30  

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Swarmandal A beautiful traditional Indian Hammered Dulcimer!

Sound Sample STR187   $575.00  

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Indian Santoor North Indian style santoor, basic model. The strings are set up so that you can play ragas with minimal or no retuning. Comes with hard case.

Sound Sample STR189   $385.00  

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Sarod A nice medium sized sarod, of the traditional design as used by Amjad Ali Khan's family tradition, with 4 strings used for playing the melody, two drone strings and two chikari strings, along with the sympathetic strings. STR191   $525.00  

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Professional Indian Santoor Professional model Indian Santoor, 30 courses of triple strings, right hand top tuning for comfort, comes with free but funky case. These are a one-of-a-kind batch of only four instruments, so quantities are limited. The Indian santoor has recently become one of the most popular instruments in Hindustani music, and has long been a favorite folk instrument in Kashmir. It is also used in Pakistan and of late in Afghan music. STR207   $600.00  

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BulBul Tarang This is not a Kentucky banjo. The case is integral to the instrument. 10 steel strings the 8 main steel strings are plucked or strummed with picks while depressing keys to change the notes. The main strings on a banjo are all tuned to the same note. It can be any note comfortable to the vocals. Then tune the sympathetic strings to a complimentary harmonic.

Indian instruments are usually tuned for the vocals or the particular Raga or song being played. They are not limited to one tuning. An important note about Indian Banjo quality In general, the quality standards on Indian instruments usually focus on the functionality of the instrument. The esthetic quality is secondary; Indian instruments often sound better than they look.

The BulBul Tarang is the most striking example of this phenomenon. Marred finishes, dents, dings, surface imperfections and general blemishes are standard. We do sort through the shipments when they arrive and take the most blemished out of the first quality inventory. However, you should not expect an Indian Banjo to be unmarred.

Measures 36 inches long.

Sound Sample STR226   $144.00  

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Swarmandal Indian zither that is today most commonly used as an accompanying instrument for vocal music. Deluxe model which has movable pieces that alter the pitch of the strings. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Comes with case and tuning tool. ZIT023   $455.00  

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banjira Rudra Veena, Blemished BLEMISHED - 54 inch long. Double animal heads perch atop two large carved toombas of the same size. It has 7 strings: 4 main strings and 3 chikari strings. The mythical animals will vary from instrument to instrument.

Scratch & Dent Savings!!! Product codes ending in -2 are Blemished. They are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are a good value.

BLM136   $1273.00  

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banjira Sarod Hard Case Blemished Sarod Hard Case. A cloth covered plywood case with latches. The interior is lined with felt. The exterior measurements of the case are 48 inches long, 15 1/2 inches wide at the butt, 9 1/2 inches at the neck and 8.25 inches tall.

Scratch & Dent Savings!!! Product codes ending in -2 are Blemished. They are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are a good value.

BLM137   $199.90  

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Sarod Picks Pack of 2, made of coconut. STR111P   $14.90  

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