Professional, Paloma brand, electric shahi baaja. This instrument combines a 5 string bulbul tarnag with and integral 10 string swarmandal. The solid body is made of toon wood (Cedrela toona).
There are 3 drone strings that run between the 2 main strings and the 10 swarmandal style strings. The 2 main string are strummed or plucked by the right hand, while the fingers of the left hand depresses the keys to change the notes. The 30 typewriter-style keys are coded black and white, similar to piano keys. The 10 drone strings are strummed like a swarmandal.
The instrument comes with all required cords and accessories and is compatible with most guitar amplifiers. There is a double pick up with tone and volume control. The instrument is over 36-inches long.
Tune the shahi baaja to C. The 2 melody strings tune to G. The third white key from the bottom is your tonic C. The 3 strings are the drones; tune these to C-G-C. The 10 string representing the swarmandal can be tuned from low to high: C-C-C-Eb-F-G-G-Bb-C-C. You may find many tuning that work.
SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS:
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
Item Weight: 6.9 lbs.
Item Weight with Case: 13.4 lbs.
Item Length: 36.75 Inches
Item Height: 2.5 Inches
Item Width: 7.25 Inches
Packed Weight: 14 lbs.
Ship Weight: 26 lbs.
Ship Length: 40 Inches
Ship Height: 12 Inches
Ship Width: 12