Mid-East Kanoune, Professional, Blemished

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Item #: KNNP-2S
MSRP: $2249.00
Your Price: $1,129.88
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BLEMISHED: The Arabic Kanoune was made in Egypt; the maker is Ahmenshyaa.  It has 5 keys and 73 nylon strings in 21 courses of 3 and 5 courses of 2. Comes with a hard case.  Each course has 2 to 4 metal sharpening levers that alter the pitch of individual strings by eighth or quartertones.

The Arabic Kanoune  is 43" x 18.25" and weighs 19.85 lbs. in its case. Case dimensions 45"X20"X 4 3/4". Weight of Case 9.40 lbs. 

Also called the Kanun, Kanun, Kanoun or Qanun the Kanoon is mentioned in 10th century Arabic writings, and is thought by some to be the predecessor of the piano.  It is a traditional element in Armenian, Greek, Arabic and Turkish music.   Today it's popular throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, and Eastern Europe. 

The Kanoune is played similarly to a lap harp, seiza-style of the floor, or in a chair.  While seated, the Kanoune balances across your knees as the strings are plucked by the thumb and three fingers, the forefinger is protected by metal finger picks.