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Tamburas (or Tanpuras)

Tamburas (or Tanpuras), which are classified as chordophones, are a member of the lute family. Page 1 of 2. Check out our Tambura (Tanpura) Accessories page. SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Whether you purchase an instrument on-line or in a neighborhood store, manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey to your home. During this time the strings WILL oxidize and this may shorten their life expectancy and may reduce their sound quality. On occasion instruments may arrive with a broken string, therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings as soon as it arrives. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.

Banjira Decorated Tanpura Female ( TMBFN ) Banjira Decorated Tanpura Female
52" long. Female Tanpuras are smaller than Males and are more elaborately decorated. Includes padded gig bag. MUST SHIP VIA FEDEX! Made in India.
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$670.00
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ABS Pro Male Tanpura 4-String ( TMBP-ABS ) ABS Pro Male Tanpura 4-String
This 53 inch long female tanpura is made by A.B. Satarmaker, master craftsman of Miraj India. The city of Maraj is known to produce the finest tanpura in the world. The ABS tanpuras are characterized by accurate woodwork, precise joining, artful decorations, and attention to the finishing and Jawari (tuning) work. Includes padded gig bag. Requires special truck delivery! Delivery Cost Billed Seperately! Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$899.00
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RKS Pro Male Tanpura 4-String with Gig Bag ( TMSPN ) RKS Pro Male Tanpura 4-String with Gig Bag
This professional quality male tanpura is made by Radha Krishna Sharma & Co. Male tanpuras are larger than the female versions and this one is 56" long. This model features a masterfully carved leaf-accents on the gourd and beautiful inlay throughout the Mahogany body and neck. Please note: Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Includes Soft nylon case lightly padded with 7" by 7" pocket. Requires special truck delivery! Delivery Cost Billed Seperately! Made in India.
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$700.00
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Banjira Deluxe Flat Back Tanpura ( TMFD ) Banjira Deluxe Flat Back Tanpura
Tanpura, Flat Back, Deluxe with 4 metal strings. Beautifully carved and inlaid. The flat toomba creates a more simple profile, and is not as delicate as the traditional gourd toomba. It is therefore easier to transport. It may be smaller, but you get the same traditional tanpura sound. Approximately 42 inches long, includes case. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$485.00
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Banjira Deluxe Male Tanpura 4-String ( TMSM ) Banjira Deluxe Male Tanpura 4-String
57" long. Male tanpuras are larger than the female, masterfully carved with decorative inlays. Includes wooden case. Special delivery - will call with freight shipping charges. Made in India.
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$670.00
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Tambura is the southern Indian name for this instrument, while tanpura is the name commonly used in northern India. Tamburas are the classical drone lute of Indian music. While they look somewhat like a single toomba sitar, they differ in a number of significant ways. Tamburas have fewer strings than a sitar, no sympathetic strings, no frets, and a moveable bridge used to adjust the pitch. These instruments look as exotic as they sound. The tambura is played solo or as part of ensembles performing traditional Macedonian songs and dances.

There are three main forms of tamburas. The Miraj form is used mostly in northern Indian Hindustani music. These Miraj are usually 3 to 5 feet in length, and have a round, almost pear-shaped tabali (resonator face) and the neck is symmetrical.

The Tanjore form is played by the Carnatic musicians in southern India. These tamburas are also 3 to 5 feet in length, but have an asymmetrical neck that tapers toward the top. Rather than a gourd, the Tanjore form of tambura have resonators that are almost always of wood.

A third form has recently gained popularity - a small tambura only about 2 to 3 feet in length. It’s resonator is made of wood and is very shallow and the resonator plate (tabali) is slightly curved. The number of strings varies from the common 4 to 6 or more. The form and playing are slightly different from the larger Tambura. Because the resonator is not a round gourd the sound quality may not be so rich as the Tambura. However, because of the smaller size and the sturdy wooden resonator these Tamburas are very popular for travel.

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