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Ek means "one" and
Tar means"string". The Ektar or -as it is often
called - the Gopi Yantra, is a simple instrument that
is mainly used in Bengal as a folk instrument. In some
places this instrument is offered in souvenir shops in
a very cheap qualitiy. The quality offered by us is much
better than that.
The Ektara has a spherical resonator made of dried pumpkin,
wood or coconut to which a split bamboo cane is attached
as a neck. Into an opening at the bottom of the resonator
a piece of leather is set and to this a string is attached.
This string runs through the inside of the spherical resonator
and between the forks of the bamboo cane up to the top
end of the neck and is wrapped around a peg there. The
string of the Ektara is plucked with one finger, the pitch
can be changed continually downwards by more and more
pressing the two halves of the neck together. Thus the
keynote here is the highest note of the open string.
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offers on principle only high-qualtiy musical instruments.
This is made possible by close personal contact to the
suppliers and a strict selection of the instruments that
are included in our range of goods. We do not offer any
instruments which reach the west from unknown sources
via importers and which are often resold by middlemen
without any quality check and setting of the instrument.
The demand from the west is relatively high in India.
The purchase prices are negotiated to the lowest limit
by the western countries, especially for high ordered
quantities. This has effects on the required care and
circumspection in craftsmanship, on the experience and
mentality of the commissioned manufacturer and the use
of parts of the instruments that are often of a poor qualtity.
Irrespective of the qualification of the skill in craftsmanship,
this leads, in some cases, to results that do not deserve
the name instrument. Thus it is easily comprehensible
that it is essential, when bying an Indian instrument,
to know the sources. TARANG only supplies instruments
from indisputable sources. All instruments are delivered
adjusted and ready to be played.
Of course, we understand that somebody who purchases an
instrument is also dependent on accessories and spare
parts. Also in this respect we can satisfy the needs of
our customers. Should an instrument be defective at any
time, we can arrange for appropriate restoration. As a
rule we can deliver any instrument offered on our website
within 1 - 2 weeks. Our international lists of teachers
enable everybody to find information about a teacher in
their proximity. You can expect from us: reasonable prices,
prompt service and straightforward processing of purchase
financial aspect also has to be mentioned. Despite the
high quality we offer, we also do our best to offer you
these instruments at very competitive and reasonable prices.