BEAUTIFUL FOLD-UP ELECTRIC DAN BAU This Electric Portable, Foldable Dan Bau measures 108 cm (42 inches) when extended, and 54 cm (21 inches) when folded half. Pearl shell motifs may differ slightly from the ones in photographs.The dan bau is one-string zither specifically native to Vietnam. It is constructed of a long narrow sound box, with a tall curved stem made from water buffalo horn inserted at one end. The single string runs between the sound box and a small wooden gourd (in Vietnamese, it is called "Bau") attached to the stem, or "whammy bar called a niipper (known as "Voi Dan in Vietnamese).
The stem is bent to change the pitch of the string. The player touches the string lightly with the heel of the hand at harmonic-producing nodal points while plucking with the fingers or plectrum.
This produces the dan bau characteristic high clear sound. This Dan Bau is a brand new fold-up model, has an electric-- pick-up assembly pre-installed- (amplifier not included) and is decorated with beautiful pearl shell inlay on the sides depicting various Vietnamese artistic motif's. It comes with a soft black case, that can be carried by handle or shoulder strap. Historically the dan bau was played by blind street musicians, and along the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, one can still hear these sweet sounds. The àn bu (àn c huyn or c huyn cm) is a Vietnamese monochord.
While the earliest written records of the Dan Bau date its origin to 1770, many scholars estimate its age to be up to one thousand years older than that. A popular legend of its beginning tells of a blind woman playing it in the market to earn a living for her family while her husband was at war.
Whether this tale is based in fact or not, it remains true that the Dan Bau has historically been played by blind musicians. Until recent times, its soft volume limited the musical contexts in which it could be used. All our items are posted first class in the UK. We use recycled products where we can.
All items are professionally packed. All items are new unless stated. Copyrights (c) 2019 Terrapin Trading Ltd. The item "Fair Trade Folding Vietnamese Electric Dan Bau & Case Monochord Zither 1200" is in sale since Monday, June 27, 2016. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\String\Folk & World\Autoharps & Zithers".
The seller is "terrapin-trading-ltd" and is located in United Kingdom. This item can be shipped worldwide.