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9-stringed kantele
(sold out, but you can order an instrument with a similar look)

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Kantele is the most prevalent type of gusli-without-a-wing traditional in Finland and Karelia. Estonian hollowed kannel has much in common with old hollowed Finnish kantele. In its turn Kurzeme (Courland) kokle, Zemaitian (Samogitian) and Aukstaitian (Lithuanian highlands region) kankles and kantele also are very relative instruments. But the instrument from the photo is a kantele definitely. There are some elements, that were built consciously, typical for old kanteles: ponsi (the tip of the body near the stringholder looking like a beak), ponnen lovi (rounded stringholder) and kierukka (decorative curl).

Body: alder.
Alder, as well as spruce and pine, is the most traditional material for gusli bodies of all kinds. Gusli with alder bodies are timbre/loudness ballanced. These instruments are strong and trouble-free.
Coating: wood stain and waxing. There is a Thunder Weel carved on the decorative curl (means Sun, old Slavonic god of Thunder — Piarun symbol, symbol of courage and bravery, protection charm) — one of the most common ornamental elements for folk string instruments decoration.

Soundboard: spruce.
Spruce is the most tratidion wood for soundboards. The correct selection of musical qualities of a specific soundboard made from spruce and adherence to technology when glued — allows the instrument to expand timbre, adds warmth to the sound. And also the loudness of the instrument directly depends on a good soundboard.

Pegs: pearwood.
Pearwood is an ideal material for pegs. Pear is an ideal material for pins. The pear is very hard wood, but at the same time the surface of the pear is soft enough for the pegs to fit perfectly into the conical peg hole, smoothly spinning and perfectly being in tune.

Strings: plain steel strings, normal tension.
Metal strings could have been already installed on the gusli of the 11th century, and are most satisfying for a modern musician. The cross-sections of the strings in a 9-string medium-tension set range from 0.022" to 0.013". The higher the tension of the strings, the louder the instrument. The weaker the tension, the more overtones in the sound of each string, the richer the sounds of the gusli. Of course, everything has its reasonable limit: too much tensed strings are often break (or deform the instrument), and too slightly tensed are not perfectly in tune. The proposed option will satisfy any novice guslar, but when you get to the replacement of strings — you will have a choice. However, if they are not broken specially, the strings on the gusli live for many years. You can get used to such a tension and do not want to change anything anymore.

There is the framed bag case in the set. Outer layer is from the waterproof bag fabric. All the sides are laid with two layers of foam and a layer of hard plastic. It is the best comprehensive protection for the instrument from water, drops and shocks. There are comfortable shoulder straps for carrying, a soft carry handle for horizontal carrying and a loop for vertical carrying. The case is compact, repeats the dimensions of the instrument.

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Alieś Čumakoŭ. Minsk. 2018.