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Yayli Tambur (Tanbur) 6 strings, 3 courses, fretted for Turkish classical scale (Pythagorean tuning) with koma fretting allowing many microtonal pitch options. Geared tuners, tied-on frets. Yayli means "bowed" and most often is, uses violin or cello bow. Can also be plucked like standard tambur. Strings: Length: 51-1/2", Depth of resonator: 6", Width of resonator: 12", Nut Width: 1-1/4", Scale Length: 41-3/4", Tuning: DAD, Low course in octaves. Use neck screw to adjust action before tuning. BAN003   $449.10  

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String set for Yayli Tambur (Tanbur) Very long strings for the bowed yayli tambur; heavier gauge than the saz set - can also be used on the Cumbus banjo saz to tune to a lower pitch (GDG, GDA) or on a regular baglama saz for the same purpose. BAN003S   $8.91  

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Cura Cumbus with Soft Case, 29 inches 29" in length. It has nylon frets tied to the neck and 3 courses of 2 strings each. The Cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. The famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, Turkey's first president, dubbed it Cumbus, pronounced joom-bush. Cumbus is Turkish for revelry, just the mood this instrument inspires. Our Cumbus are imported from the Family shop of Zeynel Abidin on Ataturk Bulvar in Istanbul. The Cura Cumbus has 6 strings in 3 courses, tuned A D G

SPECIAL NOTE: No Warranty on Strings CMBC   $233.10  


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Cumbus Saz, Short Neck The Cumbus is 35.5 inches in overall length. It has 19 tied frets and 3 courses of the 2 metal strings each; one of which is wound. The Cumbus Saz Short neck has a nut to bridge length of 25 inches. The body has a 10 inch diameter and is 6 inches deep. It comes with a soft case.

The Cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. The famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, Turkey's first president, dubbed it Cumbus, pronounced joom-bush. Cumbus is Turkish for revelry, just the mood this instrument inspires. Our Cumbus are imported from the Family shop of Zeynel Abidin on Ataturk Bulvar in Istanbul.

SPECIAL NOTE: No Warranty on Strings CMSS   $269.10  


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Lavta, Fancy, with Soft Case Blemished BLEMISHED: This quality instrument was hand built by master luthier Yapim. The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid striped wood, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a ‘mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a ) but not a Laouto (ending in o ) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto. It is played, Like and oud, with a long thin plectrum.

Approximately 32 (812.8 mm) inches overall length. Nut to bridge is 25.125 inches (638.18 mm). It is 13. 5 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep (342.9 x 165.1 mm). There are 7 strings, in courses of 2; 4 are nylon and 3 are silver wound. Comes set up for CGDA tuning. Zippered case included. LAUTYS-1S   $335.30  


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Rabab with Bow A rectangular wooden frame fitted on both sides with goat skin forms the resonator of this instrument. The single steel string is tunable with a wooden peg mounted on the long neck. It is played with a bow. Body is approximately 11" w x 20" t; over all length is approximately 34.5". The term Rabab is found in ninth and tenth century texts,and is the oldest known Arabic word for a bowed instrument Capable of a range of dynamic accents. This instrument is the essential melody instrument of the nomadic Bedouins; customarily played by the sha'ir, or poet-singer, to accompany heroic and love songs. A rabab player rests the instrument vertically on his or her knee and draws the bow across the string in a similar fashion to a cello player. Never handle the hair of the bow with your hands. Oils from your skin will be absorbed by the bow hairs and leave permanent slick spots on the hair. The bow hair, whether it is made of real horsehair or synthetic fibers, will be slick. In order to grab the strings it will need to be coated with rosin. Rosin is sold seperatley. RABAB   $71.91  

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Cura Saz with Soft Bag Imported from Turkey. The cura is the smallest of the saz family with the highest pitch. It has a small body and short finger board Overall length is approximately 28-31 inches. Usually 6 metal strings are arranged 2 per course (3 courses). Tied, movable frets. A common tuning for the cura saz is A D G high to low pitch (thin to thick string, or bottom to top string) one octave above the baglama (bozuk duzen) Soft case included. SAZ001   $89.91  

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Better Model Saz Approximately 39 by 9 inches. More decorated than the standard model. Soft case included. Hand made in Turkey.

For the 6-stringed baglama instruments the most frequently used tunings, two strings to a course, high to low pitch (thin to thick string, or bottom to top string) are: A G D, A D E, A D F#, G D G, A D A, A E A, G A D, and G C G.

For the 7-stringed instrument, the most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course. SAZ003   $269.10  

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Electric Saz Imported from Turkey, where the Saz continues to be an important Turkish folk instrument. This electronic saz has a Humbucking pickup in base of body, next to the decoratively carved sound hole. The 7 metal strings are in two courses of 2 and one course of 3. Saz can have a number of tunings; including CGC, DGC CFC, EDA, and others There are 19 tied nylon, movable frets. Soft case included.

Wood coloring and decorations may vary from the photograph. Sound board is spruce. Body and neck are various woods including: mahogany, wenge, butternut, walnut, oak and others. Over al length: 48", Neck 24.5 L x 2.25 inches Wide, Nut to Bridge: 27.75 inches, 19 Tied nylon frets, 7 metal strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3 String sets and plectrums are sold separately.
SAZ005   $386.10  

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String Set for Electric Saz Designed specifically for our saz005 electric saz SAZ005S   $8.91  

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Baglama Saz Baglama Saz This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable. SAZB   $188.10  


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Baglama Saz, Light/Brown This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon gig bag is included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course. SAZBB   $188.10  


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Baglama Saz, Deluxe, Amber The decorated neck makes this saz standout. The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. There are decorative inlays on the collar and around the sound hole on the bottom. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon gig bag is included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable. SAZDA   $269.10  


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Baglama Saz, Deluxe, Med Brown The decorated neck makes this saz standout. The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. There are decorative inlays on the collar and around the sound hole on the bottom. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon gig bag is included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable. SAZDB   $269.10  


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Baglama Saz, Electronic, Plain, Matte This electronic saz has a Piezo pick-up, the jack is in the bottom, next to the sound hole. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course. SAZE-PM   $386.10  


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Baglama Saz, Professional, Matte The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course. SAZP-M   $269.10  


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Cura Saz, Dark Cura Saz, Dark (Item Code: SAZR)

Imported from Turkey. The cura is the smallest of the saz family with the highest pitch. It has a small body and short finger board Overall length is approximately 28-31 inches. Usually 6 metal strings are arranged 2 per course (3 courses). Tied, movable frets.  

A common tuning for the cura saz is A D G high to low pitch (thin to thick string, or bottom to top string) one octave above the baglama (bozuk duzen).

Soft case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary from the photograph.  Actual Weight approximately 2 lbs.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade and such dimples are common and unavoidable.

SAZR   $89.91  

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Better Kanun (second, was str007) Made out of a light colored wood like Cedar, 72 nylon strings total, the tuners are wooden with Rhinestones on the ends, metal frets that lift up (mandals for fine tuning and makam changes), lots of floral inlay on the body, has a sliding wooden piece on the side which gives access to the string-pegs for restringing purposes. 18" wide, 41" in length. Comes in a padded bag with a pocket and strap. Maker's name "Turhan Onamni" (from label inside).

The mandals (bridge Mechanisms) on this rattle a bit when played, and the bottom string end cover doesn't slide on all the way. Still looks good and plays OK. SEC2661   $1605.00  

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Electric Saz (second, was saz005) Originally saz005.

Body was damaged in shipping; has large, ugly but stable repaired cracks on back. Since it has electronic pickups, the body structure is not as important, though, to the final overall amplified sound.

Re-wired simply but correctly. Imported from Turkey, where the Saz continues to be an important Turkish folk instrument. This electronic saz has a Humbucking pickup in base of body, next to the decoratively carved sound hole.

Saz can have a number of tunings; including CGC, DGC CFC, EDA, and others There are 19 tied nylon, movable frets. Soft case included.

Sound board is spruce. Body and neck are various woods including: mahogany, wenge, butternut, walnut, oak and others.

Over al length: 48
Neck 24.5 L x 2.25 inches W
Nut to Bridge: 27.75 inches
19 Tied nylon frets
5 metal strings. Player can add one more string if wanted. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. SEC2767   $386.10  

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Persian Santoor (second, was ham001) Comes with hammers and tuning key Longside 34", includes 1" tuning peg. Shortside 14", Height 11", Depth 3". Nice instrument! Comes with 1 pair of hammers and a "not very good" tuning wrench. No case. SEC2817   $485.10  

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Cumbus Extra The Extra Cumbus is approximately 34 inches long. It has NO FRETS. The body is solid wood stave construction. The wood body and neck are inlayed. It has 6 courses of 2 strings each. The Cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. The famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, Turkey's first president, dubbed it Cumbus, pronounced joom-bush. Cumbus is Turkish for revelry, just the mood this instrument inspires. Our Cumbus are imported from the Family shop of Zeynel Abidin on Ataturk Bulvar in Istanbul. The Standard Cumbus is tuned like the Turkish Oud and one step higher than the Arabic Oud. Almost any Oud tuning can be used.
Tuning:

Metal strings are standard, played with oud mezrab (pick). Standard Cumbus tuning: DEADGC is the written book tuning and the one on the pack of strings, however this transposed. The real pitches are ABEADG a fifth above the written notes. Can also use any OUD tuning.

Sound Sample STR004DL   $683.10  

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Kemence Kemenche, 3-string with Rosin & Case. This 3-string kemenche is very light weight and only 22 inches long by 4 inches wide, the peg box is 3 inches deep. It comes with a movable bridge that must be positioned between the sound holes Tuning: EAD, long oval shape w/ fingerboard.Can use saz, guitar or violin strings of the right gauge. played in parallel 4ths by fingering and bowing 2 of the 3 strings at a time; from the Black Sea region, underhand bow grip tightens bowhair with 3rd finger right hand; STR005   $98.91  

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Best Kanun The Kanun is a very old and historic Asian instrument. It normally rests on your knees, played by plucking individual strings with special picks worn on your fingers. In the 20th century, the Turks improved the design by adding tuning keys, greatly expanding the musical possibilities of this already amazing and versatile instrument. With 72 nylon stings, there is almost no limit to what you can play on a Kanun. 18 inches wide and 41 inches long. Includes a protective padded case. This model differs from STR007 by having more inlay, a finished bridge and more mandalas. STR008   $2950.00  

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Large Turkish Spike Fiddle (Rebab) Spike fiddles, or rebabs, are part of the lute family. Rebab is an Arabic term translated as "bowed string instrument". Such fiddles date back, at least, to the 8th century in Arabia and Persia. Islamic trading routes helped to spread it over much of North Africa, the Middle and Far East, and Europe. There are two basic forms of the rebab. There are those with wooden pear-shaped bodies to which a neck is attached. Then there are those with a round neck that pierces the gourd body projecting at the lower end, like spike. These usually have a skin or parchment soundboard.

Spiked fiddles typically have no frets. They are played, held upright, with the spike resting on the player's leg or ground. These instruments complement the melodic line by creating a dialogue with the singers. Approximately 24 inches long, 4 strings and includes the bow. Suggested tunings: CGCG,DGDG, or up to GDGD. Recommended strings: highest 4 strings of light gauge guitar string sets or other custom strings.

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Sound Sample STR012   $98.91  

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Laouta, Turkish This quality instrument was hand built by master luthier Yapim. The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid striped wood, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a ‘mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a ) but not a Laouto (ending in o ) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto. It is played, Like and oud, with a long thin plectrum. These instruments can also be tuned as an octave mandolin with the right strings. The perfect instrument for Renaissance Faires.

Approximately 32 (812.8 mm) inches overall length. Nut to bridge is 25.125 inches (638.18 mm). It is 13. 5 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep (342.9 x 165.1 mm). There are 7 strings, in courses of 2; 4 are nylon and 3 are silver wound. Comes set up for CGDA tuning. Zippered case included.

This model 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 very good value.

SPECIAL NOTE; No Warranty on Strings STR013B   $431.10  


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Moroccan Sintir The sintir has a body carved out of a wooden log, a long round neck with 3 gut strings, the middle string being the shortest, and has a camel skin covered resonator. The gut strings are plucked downward with the knuckle side of the index finger and the inside of the thumb, creating a strongly percussive tone. Often the player attaches dangling metal rings and other devices which add a buzzing element to the tone. STR181   $625.00  

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Kanoune, Professional, Blemished BLEMISHED The Arabic Kanoon (Kanoone, Kanoun or Qanun) is 43" x 18.25" and weighs 19.85 lbs. in its case. It was made in Egypt and has 5 keys and 77 nylon strings. This predecessor of the piano, the Kanoon is mentioned in 10th century Arabic writings. Today it's popular throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Persia and even Eastern Europe. It's played on the knees and plucked with metal finger picks. The metal sharpening levers alter the pitch of individual strings by eighth or quarter-tones. Comes with a hard case. Case dimensions 45"X20"X4 3/4". Weight of Case 9.40 lbs.


Scratch & Dent Savings!!! Product codes ending in "-1S" or "-2S" 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 play ability or sound quality of the instrument. These are a good value. BLM087   $1349.40  

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Baglama Saz, Deluxe, Blemished BLEMISHED The decorated neck makes this saz standout. The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. There are decorative inlays on the collar and around the sound hole on the bottom. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon gig bag is included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable.

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.

BLM139   $179.40  

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Baglama Saz, Deluxe, Blemished BLEMISHED The decorated neck makes this saz standout. The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. There are decorative inlays on the collar and around the sound hole on the bottom. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon gig bag is included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable.

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.

BLM140   $179.40  

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Long Neck Saz, Blemished BLEMISHED: Long Neck Saz that is approximately 44/45 inches by 9 inches with 7 strings. Features a spruce sound board, mahogany body and a white wood neck covered in a mahogany veneer.

Suggested Tuning: LA – RE – SOL or ADG tuning. Soft case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Actual product may vary in color or style from photo. Hand made in Turkey.


*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade and such dimples are common and unavoidable.

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.

BLM141   $257.40  

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Baglama Saz, Professional, Matte, Blemished BLEMISHED The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. This instrument features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3. The nylon frets are movable. A nylon case included. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary. Approximately 38-40 inches in length, 9-10 inches in width and 10-11 inches in depth. Handmade in Turkey.

The most frequently used tuning, from high to low pitch, is: A D G, where A is a 3-string course.

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.

BLM142   $179.40  

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La Bella Baglama Saz String Set The La Bella BA1 baglama string set was developed with the help of Mr. Hacik of Istambul. La Bella provides a four-step, lab tested, tarnish proof technology on these sets that provides vibrant, aesthetically pleasing stings.

Envelope 1 has 3 plain steel strings .007 gage and 58" long

Envelope 2 has 2 plain steel strings .0011 gage and 58" long

Envelope 3 has 1 wound steel string .018 gage and 58" long

Envelope 4 has 1 wound steel string .024 gage and 58" long MIS092   $22.41  


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String Set for Baglama Saz Avarez brand AS-900, string length is approximately 40-42 inches. The set contains Three Envelopes, numbered 1-3. Envelope 1 is LA with 4 thin steel strings, .007 inch gage. Envelope 2 is RE with two heavy steel strings, .012 inch gage. Envelope 3 is SOL with 2 heavy silver wound steel strings, one is .015 inch and one is .023 inch gage. Does not work with our electric saz. Design specifically for saz002 SAZ002S   $8.91  

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Saz Pick, 10 Pack (Plectrums) Plastic pick for the saz. Size, style and color vary. SAZM   $6.50  

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