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TAMBOURA tambura "ANDREA" Professional handmade string instrument

This is a professional Tamboura instrument handmade by the best Bulgarian string instruments master. The tamboura is of perfect make and is intended for professional musicians. The instrument is UNIQUE, entirely handcrafted. It is of a skillful craftsmanship resulting from master's hard work, creativity and rich professional experience. The wood material used is 15 years old, dried and processed via special traditional technology.   Keys and bow mechanisms are of highest German quality.
As per tradition, master is giving each instrument a name - this one was named  "ANDREA", with beautiful decoration and fladder.

The tamboura here features: 
- a neck and the top part of the neck of the instrument is made of Mahogany -tree; pegs for tightening the strings; the same keys as the ones typical for the guitar.
- a corpus consisting of thick resonant top plate, made of spruce/ white pine tree/ and back, base part of Acacia tree, the block of wood hollowed out, not made of separate parts that have been glued together (skafto). It is handmade after old traditional master technology. Features unique hand painted decoration of small flowers.
- metal string holder at the bottom of the top plate.

- perfect quality German keys .
- 8 metal strings in 4 pairs , pitched in keys, most appropriate for orchestra performances - E, B, G, D (mi, si, sol, re) . One can pitch instrument playing just as greek traditional bozouki in D-A-F-C / Re-La-Fa-Do or different.   Please note that changing some tonality may require a replacement of some of the strings. If you need the instrument to be in a tonality different than the one of the listed instrument, please contact us in advance. 

 - The strings are lifted over the resonant plate by a bridge called "donkey", made of mahogany and buffalo horn.

- The fingerboard is made of mahogany, too.

Instrument measures:
Length 93 cm / 36,6"
Width 23 cm / 9"
Mensure (the distance from the last three keys on the neck top to the bridge) - 61 cm / 24"
This tambura belongs to the so-called "Trakiya" type used mostly by the Thrace folk ensembles. There is also "Pirin" type tambura which is characterized by different measures. 

About the master:  The maker of the tamboura we offer you is known for his talent on a national and Balkan region level. He is a third-generation master: both his father and grand father were into the string instruments making.
The instrument's quality is guaranteed with a certificate issued by Shop Bulgaria ltd. and the master himself. The stamp is of the National Association of the Craftsmen.

Nikolay Stefanov has learnt the skills of string instruments making from his father and has been a recognized master for 15 years now. Nikolay is known for his creative approach, desire to experiment and use innovative technologies. His greatest achievements are inventing the prototype of gadulka violin we were selling as well as a special technology of varnishing. Both a musician and a master, Nikolay is constantly looking for new ways to add to his mastership. He has been constantly consulting university professors and professional musicians that assist him in finding how to make the best of the instruments he crafts.

More about the instrument of TAMBOURA / Pandore
The corpus of the instrument is pear-shaped and consists of: most (bridge), a long thin neck, at the end of which there are placed the keys called tchivii or tchuckcheta. The strings (i.e. the vibrators) are fixed in a wooden or metal tailpiece, glued on the corpus, while at their other end they are fixed with the help of a small wooden board. They are stretched and tuned by means of wooden keys installed at the end of the neck. On the neck (finger board) of the tamboura, in older times the people used to place hemp positional boards. Later on they were made of wood and nowadays they are made of metal. Through the finger boards -  numbering from 12 to 18, the string, based on the principle of aliquot sections, is divided into portions, which determine the different intervals. The strings are usually made of thin iron wire. They are usually double 3 or 4 in number. The pandore strings are tuned in the following intervals: unison, quatro or quinto plus quinta in descending order. The bottom string and sometimes the string next to it are melodious, while all the rest of the strings are bourdonic, so that the tamboura can be also used as a polyphonic instrument. The 3 double stringed tamburas may also be pitched D, A, D.
Playing: When playing the Tamboura it is held horizontally and slightly touching the player,s chest, while the strings are struck with the plectrum (tezane) - made of cherry-tree bark.

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