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Roosebeck Deluxe Balalaika Prima, Rosewood Back, Nylon Gig Bag
Roosebeck Deluxe Balalaika Prima, Rosewood Back, Nylon Gig Bag


 
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This Roosebeck Deluxe Balalaika Prima measures approximately 27 inches in length Rosewood back. Deluxe models feature larger Position Markers on the Fret Board, additional handcrafted designs and flush inlays. Also in our Deluxe models, the Pancer (the large Rosewood guard just below the neck) is secured by screws along the edges. . The scale length is 430 mm. The body has the classical triangular shape. The back is slightly bowed and made with stave construction of beautiful Rosewood. The Balalaika strings are tuned above middle C to: A, E, E (1st-3rd). The 1st string is the thinnest, and lays over more frets than the 2nd 3rd strings. Use a piano or electronic tuner as a reference for tuning. The tension on each tuning peg can be adjusted by tightening or loosing the screw on the top of the peg. To play, the left hand notes the strings while the index finger of the right hand strums high on the soundboard near the neck. Extra String Set & Padded Nylon Gig Bag Included. Free Shipping.

The Balalaika strings are tuned above middle C to: A, E, E (1st-3rd). The 1st string is the thinnest, and lays over more frets than the 2nd and 3rd strings. Use a piano or electronic tuner as a reference for tuning. The tension on each tuning peg can be adjusted by tightening or loosing the screw on the top of the peg. To play, the left hand notes the strings while the index finger of the right hand strums high on the soundboard near the neck. The dark rosewood on the soundboard is decorative but also protects the soundboard from the strumming. The Balalaika most likely evolved from the Oriental dombra, which is still played in present-day Kazakhstan. Knowledge of the dombra most likely spread to Russia by Mongol trade and conquest. After undergoing structural changes, the Balalaika was embraced by Russians. It is said that the Balalaika embodies the Russian people's character, with its ability to switch from happiness to sadness with ease. It was common for the peasant ballads, composed for the Balalaika, to irreverently poke fun at the authority of the times. For this reason there were times when the Balalaika was banned by both the Orthodox Church and the State. The instrument enjoyed its greatest folk popularity in the early 18th century. In the later 19th century the instrument underwent a number of changes, including the adoption of the classic triangular shape. Reportedly, in the late 19th century, Vassily Vassilievich Andreyev, was responsible for the transition from a folk instrument to a concert instrument. Andreyevs chamber ensemble, renamed The Great Russian Imperial Balalaika Orchestra, introduced the instrument to cultures outside of Russia. The Instrument was also carried by the common people when they fled Russia at times of war. SPECIAL NOTE; No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.

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Why not 5 stars...please read below December 6, 2017
Reviewer: Chris Hushak from Sterling, VA United States  
What sold me on the balalaika was the videos on youtube.  Excellent sound and generally well constructed.  However, it did have a few issues.  The spare strings supplied are the wrong type (not nylon and steel) and wrong size gauge.  Fixed by buying correct strings on line.  The A string had already sliced thru the thin strip of rosewood that is supposed to pass as a nut.  The nylons were half-way through the nut.  Fixed by adding a 90 degree steel angle (band-sawed from the edge of a hard drive case) and placed underneath the string contact points.   The tuners failed to turn at all or were so loose they refused to stay at set position. Fixed by lubricating base and adjusting the screw.  No single show-stopper, but minor annoyances for a new instrument, but anyone with basic guitar set-up skills could get this in playing condition.  Kudos to HWI for excellent packaging and quick shipping.  Now, back to playing this beauty.

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The balalaika is great August 16, 2016
Reviewer: cd from San Francisco, CA United States  
Once I got the bridge in the correct place it very rarely goes out of tune. Only had it for a week so far but it sounds and looks great. It is made in Pakistan fyi. The inlay work is very detailed and looks well made overall.

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Balalaika made in Pakastan February 15, 2016
Reviewer: steven from idaho falls, ID United States  
Set up was horrible.  Had to have a new bridge made that lowered the action.  You get what you pay for I guess.

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