250 tāmbūrā

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body: gourd body, wooden front face; L. 133.5 cm
strings: 4 strings (brass and steel)
tuning: c-c' -c' -g(or g')

Also called tampura. An indispensable instrument in classical Indian music. The player usually holds the instrument vertically on his lap or on the floor, holding it up with one hand and plucking the strings with the other. The bridge has a unique device for producing a buzzing effect. This example is an instrument intended for the accompaniment of a male voice.

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