Bulbul Tarang, 23" Long (Indian Banjo) 23" long, with 10 steel strings. Unique hand-crafted instrument with varying tuning, not to Western standards. This is not a Kentucky banjo. The case is integral to the instrument. Eight main strings are plucked or strummed with picks while depressing keys to change the notes. Instrument has two sympathetic strings. The main strings on a banjo are all tuned to the same note. It can be any note comfortable to the vocals. Then tune the sympathetic strings to a complimentary harmonic. Indian instruments are usually tuned for the vocals or the particular Raga or song being played. They are not limited to one tuning. The left most key moves but does not fret the strings, it is a vestigial key and plays the open notes. An important note about Indian Banjo quality. In general, the quality standards on Indian instruments usually focus on the functionality of the instrument. The esthetic quality is secondary; Indian instruments often sound better than they look. The Bulbul Tarang is the most striking example of this phenomenon. Marred finishes, colors may vary, dents, dings, surface imperfections and general blemishes are standard. We do sort through the shipments when they arrive and take the most
BLEMISHED:out of the first quality inventory. However, you should not expect an Indian Banjo to be un-marred.
Special note on strings
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings every 3-4 months. It is always a good idea to keep an extra set of stings to replace any that may break. You should always wipe down your strings with a clean dry cloth after use. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.