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NMM 12503. Bandura in Torban Style, Ukraine, ca. 1950

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NMM 12503.  Bandura in Torban style, Ukraine, ca. 1950. Bass side view Treble side view Back view


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

Front of upper pegbox Bass side of upper pegbox Treble side of upper pegbox Back of upper pegbox

Views of Torban-Style Neck

Front of neck Front of pegbox Detail of Bass side of neck Treble side of neck Detail of treble side of lower pegbox Back of neck

Treble String Tuning Pins Covered and Uncovered

Tuning pins, covered Tuning pins, uncovered



Chromatic Tuning Mechanism, Bridge, and Tailpiece

Chromatic tuning mechanism and bridge String attachment at lower end

Chromatic tuning mechanism Detail of mechanism

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