Kamancheh Tarhu

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Kamancheh Tarhu

Body made from 18 laminated ribs using figured Blackwood, Black wood neck, Ebony fingerboard, pegheds geared pegs.
4 Playing string - $4700aud

5 Playing string - $5000aud

Prices do not include case, freight or GST (if purchased within Australia). Kamancheh Tarhu cases $400 (laminated wood construction)



The kamancheh tarhu was inspired by the playing of the legendary Habil Aliyev, and the kamancheh tarhu's sound was developed in close collaboration with him. It is an instrument with 4 or 5 strings, and can be played straight away by players familiar with traditional kamancheh - no new techniques have to be learnt.


Azeri and Persian styles

Vibrating string length is either 33cm, (standard length for Iranian style kamancheh) or 29cm (standard length for Azeri style kamancha). The sound adjustments provided by the moveable bridge pin (see Design) allows the sound of any kamancheh tarhu to be directed towards the sound pallette of either Azeri or Iranian styles. Players of Azeri style kamancheh should note that because the Azeri string spacing is much wider than on a Persian style instrument, 5 playing strings can't be used without reducing the string spacing substantially.


Sound Design

The  kamancheh tarhu has been designed to produce the greatest possible range of tone colours with the smallest adjustment in how the bow is used. Compared to traditional kamanchehs, they also have a very strong sound.


Stringing and tuning

The kamancheh tarhu uses a violin string-set for 4 string models, and viola string set for 5 string models. Tunings are those normally used on Kamancheh - either fifths (identical to violin) or a mixture of fourths and fifths. As with other tarhus, the kamancheh tarhu will still work effectively with the strings tuned down a long way from their intended violin tuning. This facilitates scordatura tunings in which the pitch of various strings can be altered depending on the mode being played (the lowest string especially can be tuned down a long way on a kamancheh tarhu and still produce a usable sound).


For a story about the development of the kamancheh tarhu, see here


Sound Samples