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11-stringed wing-shaped gusli
(sold out, but you can order an instrument with a similar look)

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Wing-shaped gusli [gusli with a wing element] is one of the most common types of traditional gusli in Latvia and Russia, can be found in Estonia, and it is also the only traditional type of gusli in Belarus. Although the tradition of playing the gusli in Belarus was interrupted, the instruments played by Belarusians can be found in museums and essays by ethnographers from early 20th century.

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. The Belarusian folk symbol "Eightwings with splits" (masculinity, energy of fertilization, enrichment) is carved at the wing element.

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: oak.
Oak is a common material for pegs. Oak pegs never break across, only splits along, along the fibers. Take care of the heads of the pegs and these pegs will serve you indefinitely long.

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 11-string medium-tension set range from 0.022" to 0.011". 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.

Case:
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, soft carry handles for horizontal and vertival carrying. Two outside A4 pockets, one inside pocket for small items.

A woven belt for playing in a standing position:
A traditional kind of a handmade woven belt.

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Alieś Čumakoŭ. Minsk. 2018.