Unusual instruments - Turkish guitar

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Turkish instrument maker and performer Zeki Çaðlar NAMLI has been developing the idea of string instruments, both plucked and bowed, with a soundboard and sound chamber at each end. This increases the volume and provides a fuller stereo field. The second sound chamber can be designed for a different sound quality than the primary one, thus varying and enriching the tone. It can even by made exchangeable for a variety of tone qualities. With fretted instruments, the presence of the second sound chamber allows for audibly playing the strings on either side of the fretting hand. Zeki Çaðlar has applied for a Turkish patent on the idea. Some links to see and hear more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzp9UPMNjo, and http://youtube.com/watch?v=C6qbgXbPyRk. For information on the CD La Lune / Köy, google “La Lune / Köy.”:

Text and photos courtesy of http://www.windworld.com

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