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BLEMISHED: Professional Bansuri flute in A, approximately 22.75 inches in length. The Professional Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. The seventh hole is optional and rarely played. Its main purpose is to give greater accuracy in the upper octaves. It may be played on the rare occasion when you need to play the Ni in the lower octave.
The bansuri is a transverse flute from India, literally from the words bans (bamboo) and suri. It is one of the oldest musical instruments. All half notes, accidentals and microtones are produced by a unique fingering system. The finger holes have to be precisely covered either fully or half by the phalanxes of the fingers and not by the fingertips. This technique also simplifies the playing of longer bansuris. The standard quality of the Indian bansuris produce a quite beautiful sound, but their tuning is often not exactly to the western standard notes. It can happen that they sometimes sound slightly out of tune to the western ear.
This Bansuri flute is hand crafted. Becoming a perfect flute maker takes a long time. One must know the materials as well as the craft; and one must have patience. Each flute requires years of preparation and then concentrated attention to details. The Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length.
NOTE: the longer the flute, the wider the required finger span. If you have smaller hands, you may be unable to reach all of the finger holes. The following measurements are the distance from the center of the 1st hole to the center of the 3rd hole for each hand. Measurements are in inches and can vary slightly (LH = Left Hand, RH = Right Hand).
In India, these extremely popular percussion instruments are commonly used in folk music and during marriage ceremonies. Made in New Delhi by skilled craftsmen.
Please Note: These drums are handmade and each one is unique so the drums and drum heads will vary in size.
Item Dimensions: 18" L x 10.5" H x 10.5" W
Playing Surface: Tenor: 6.5" and Bass: 8.25"
Body: Stained wooden shell with linear etching.
Heads: Drum heads are made from goatskin. The dholak's higher-pitched tenor head is a simple membrane while the bass head, usually played with the left hand, has a load inside that is a mixture of tar, clay and sand (dholak masala) which lowers the pitch and provides a well-defined tone. Both heads are tucked in a wooden hoop.
Tuning: Rope with rings
Beautifully carved and inlaid. The flat toomba creates a more simple profile, and is not as delicate as the traditional gourd toomba. It is therefore easier to transport. It may be smaller, but you get the same traditional tanpura sound.
Approximately 42 inches long, includes nylon gig bag case.
Suggested Tuning: G4, C4, C4, C3 (highest to lowest)
Includes padded gig bag.
Special delivery Required.
This deluxe traveler harmonium features a suitcase style body with a removable cover. There are 5 drones and 4 stops controlling the air-flow to 2 banks of reeds. The multi-fold bellows can be played left or right handed. Keyboard pops up for play, store in locked-down position for travel. When folded, the compact the size of the traveler offers a large convenience for anyone needing to transport their harmonium.
The reeds in the harmonium are tuned to 440 +/- 3 cents prior to shipping.
Item Dimensions in inches: 24.25L x 13.6250 W it is 11.75 tall when closed and 8.5 tall when open to play.
Accessories Included: Padded Gig Bag.
Drones L to R
#2E3, #4A3 #6C3 #8G3
Air Controls L to R
#1 Back Bank, #3 Front Bank, #5 Front Bank, #7 Front, #9 Bank Yibrato
Front Reed Bank Range C2 F5
Back Reed Bank Range C3 F6
DISCLAIMER: Some of the finishes are very impressionable, no pun intended. During the long transportation from India, the finish may become marred by the packing materials. These impressions are superficial and cosmetic. Impressions on the finish do not affect the playability or sound. Therefore we do not consider such impressions as blemishes or defects.
The approximate inside dimensions are:
Overall Length: 50.5 inches (1282.7 mm); Depth: 12.52 inches (317.5 mm); Width for Bottom Toomba: 14.5 (368.3 mm).
Neck width for the sympathetic pegs area is 5.25 inches
Neck width for the main peg area is 6.25 inches