banjira Rabab with Bow

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The resonator of this bowed instrument is formed by a rectangular wooden frame fitted on both sides with goat skin. The single steel string (0.012", 0.30 mm) runs from a wooden peg mounted on the long neck, over a floating bridge, to the base of the resonator. You can place the bridge anywhere along the length of the soundboard.  By changing the tension on the string and the placement of the bridge, the Rabab has a range of nearly one and a half octaves.   We tuned one from G3 all the way to B4.  Remember you are tuning the string to one pitch, and then you note the string with your fingernails as you play. A rabab player rests the instrument vertically on his or her knee and draws the bow across the string in a similar fashion to a cello player. The body is approximately 11" wide x 20" tall; overall length is approximately 34.5". The term Rabab is found in ninth and tenth century texts, and is the oldest known Arabic word for a bowed instrument. Capable of a range of dynamic accents; this instrument is the essential melody instrument of the nomadic Bedouins.  It is customarily played by the sha'ir, or poet-singer, to accompany heroic and love songs.  Never handle the hair of the bow with your hands; oils from your skin will leave permanent slick spots on the hair.  To grab the strings, it will need to be coated with rosin. Rosin is sold separately

String Notice


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 Specifications

Item Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Item Length: 35 Inches
Item Height: 3.5 Inches
Item Width: 10.75 Inches
Origin: IN
UPC: 844731009822

Shipping Specifications

Packed Weight: 5 lbs.
Ship Weight: 18 lbs.
Ship Length: 40 Inches
Ship Height: 14 Inches
Ship Width: 8

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