Kanoune, Professional (Item Code: KNNO) This Arabic style Kanoon is sold without a case. The bridge has 5 pads that stand on 5 skin inserts in the soundboard for a loud bright sound. Small differences in the brass levers, nuts, woods, overall size and craftsmanship make a big difference between this Professional Kanoon and the Standard model. There are 72 total strings. 6 courses of 2 each, bronze wound strings. 5 courses of 3 each nylon over-wound strings. And 15 course of 3 each plain nylon strings. Each course of strings has 2 to 4 brass sharpening levers that alter the pitch of individual strings by eighth or quarter-tones. Approximately 44 ¼" x 18" and weighs around 21 lbs. Made in Egypt. No Case.
This predecessor of the piano, the Kanoon (Kanoone, Kanoun or Qanun) 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.