Images from the Study-Storage Collection
NMM 12503. Bandura in Torban Style, Ukraine, ca. 1950
Note: Click on any image below to see a larger image.
NMM 12503. Bandura in torban style, Ukraine, ca. 1950. Identity of maker unknown, although attributions to Mykola Diakovsky or Semen Lastovych have been suggested. Thirty-six strings: 14 bass strings (bunty) along neck; 22 treble strings (prystrunky) over soundboard (deka). Chromatic tuning mechanism on soundboard (developed in 1948). This example combines the characteristics of the traditional Ukrainian folk bandura with the older Ukrainian torban, an instrument similar to the European theorbo. However, unlike the theorbo, the treble strings of both the torban and the bandura are aligned over the treble side of the soundboard. The strings are not fingered; each string produces only one note. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.
Views of Upper Pegbox
Views of Torban-Style Neck
Treble String Tuning Pins Covered and Uncovered
Chromatic Tuning Mechanism, Bridge, and Tailpiece
arrow to continue Study-Storage Collections Tour
Go to Study-Storage Tour Index
Go to Virtual Tour Index
National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069