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266 dombra

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Western Kazakhstan
body: wood, with 1 soundhole; L.99.4cm
strings: 2, nylon
frets: 18 tied to the neck, 1 set into the neck
bridges: 1
tuning: b-e'

A two-stringed, long-necked lute of the Kazakh people. It is strummed with the fingers and also tapped on the front face. Widely used by amateur musicians as well as professionals called aquin. There are various versions which differ in size and range.

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