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242 balalajka

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body: wooden body; L. 64.2 cm
strings: 3 strings (2 nylon, 1 steel); 24 frets set into the neck; 1 movable bridge
tuning (for prima balalajka): e' -e' -a'

Probably the most popular plucked lute in Russia. Held diagonally and plucked with the fingers of the right hand. Used to accompany folk songs and dances. Exists in a variety of versions of different body shapes and tunings.

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