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Deluxe Prima Balalaika with rosewood back (Item Code: BLLPDR). Our Balalaika Prima measures approximately 27 inches in length. The scale length is 430 mm. The body has a classical triangular shape. The back is slightly bowed and made with stave construction in two tones of rosewood. The darker back contrasts with the light-colored wood of the soundboard. The Balalaika strings are tuned above middle C to A, E, E (1st-3rd). The 1st string is the thinnest and lays over more frets than the 2nd & 3rd strings. Use a piano or electronic tuner as a reference for tuning. The tension on each tuning peg can be adjusted by tightening or loosing the screw on the top of the peg. To play, the left-hand notes the strings while the index finger of the right hand strums high on the soundboard near the neck. The dark rosewood on the soundboard is decorative but also protects the soundboard from the strumming. The Balalaika most likely evolved from the Oriental dombra, which is still played in present-day Kazakhstan. Knowledge of the dombra most likely spread to Russia by Mongol trade and conquest. After undergoing structural changes, the Balalaika was embraced by Russians. It is said that the Balalaika embodies the Russian people's character, with its ability to switch from happiness to sadness with ease. It was common for the peasant ballads, composed for the Balalaika, to irreverently poke fun at the authority of the times. For this reason, there were times when the Balalaika was banned by both the Orthodox Church and the State. The instrument enjoyed its greatest folk popularity in the early 18th century. Included FREE: "The Ultimate Fretted Tuning Chart" This chart contains 87 tunings (47 for guitar) for various common and hard to find instruments. The accompanying CD has all the tunings played on the actual instruments. Many tunings are offered for most instruments. Instruments include guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, bass

Specifications:

  • Measures approximately 27" in length
  • Classic triangular shape
  • Rosewood neck and back
  • Tuning chart & CD (shipped separately)
  • Shipped insured

Technical Details: 
Item Weight: 5.54 pounds
Product Dimensions: 32 x 9 x 21 inches
Item model number: BLLPDR
Body Material: Rosewood
Material Type: Rosewood
Musical Style: WorldMusic

Shipping

  • Ships to Contiguous US
  • Expected Delivery: Aug 11 - Aug 15

Terms

  • Returns accepted within 30 days of shipment for orders within the Contiguous US.
  • This item is excluded from coupons.