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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.
Includes: the standard soft case, cushions, covers, and tuning hammer.
Dayans may be sheesham or a similar hardwood. The turnings carved into the dayan are done by hand and will be unique. Cushion colors and patterns may vary.
Dayan head diameter 5.5 inches. Average Dayan height 10.5 inches.
Bayan head diameter 9 inches. Average Bayan height 10.25 inches.
Tabla sets are categorized by the style and Dayan Head diameter. The Bayan height and head diameter are an average measurement and can vary. NOTE: Length, Height and Width are for the set in the case.
Brass telescoping trumpets, called rag-dung, zangs dung or dung-chen are decorated with repousse brass cuffs dotted with red coral and turquoise stones, there is also repousse brass garlands on the bell. Although Confucianism remained the basis for the structure of government in China, it was Buddhism, introduced in the first century BCE, which flourished from the Han to the Tang (206 BCE to CE 907). Among the instruments associated with Buddhism was the dung-chen, a long trumpet played for preludes, processions, and morning and evening calls to prayer. The trumpets like these were used in ensemble playing, while larger ones (12 to 15 feet) are used in processions. The large trumpets would be carried on the shoulders of other monks, or supported on boxes when they were played in processions. These trumpets were also played on rooftops to alert the villagers and ancestral spirits of upcoming feast days.
This Standard Harmonium features a fixed keyboard with 39 keys providing just over 3 octaves. There are 3 drones and 4 stops that directs the air over the upper and lower banks of reeds. The integral bellows can be played left or right handed.
This model is tuned to A=432 Hz +/-3 cents prior to shipping.
Note: Finish color and decoration style may vary from photo.
Although it was invented in France nearly 200 years ago, the harmonium has been extremely popular and strongly embraced by India after it was brought there during the British Occupation. Harmoniums are mainly used in Kirtans as an accompaniment to devotional songs; or for meditation and concentration in yoga studios.
DISCLAIMER: Instrument's finish color and decor may vary from photo. Shellac is very impressionable (no pun intended) and during the instrument's long transportation from India, the shellac finish becomes marred by the packing materials and may cause the sides of harmoniums to have impressions. These impressions are cosmetic and do not affect the playability or sound, so we do not consider such impressions as blemishes or defects.