The Forbidden Baglamas of the Outcasts | Unique Greek-Turkish Traditional String Instrument with amazingly rich sound!
“Φωτιές ανάβει στο μυαλό
ένα ζεϊμπέκικο γλυκό
αυτοί χορεύουνε κι εγώ σφυρίζω
της μαστούρας το σκοπό (της αγάπης τον σκοπό)
Η νύχτα φέρνει την αυγή
κι ο μπαγλαμάς μου κελαηδεί
ένα κελάηδισμα το ίδιο πάντα
στης μαστούρας το σκοπό (στης αγάπης το σκοπό)”
– Της μαστούρας ο σκοπός, lyrics and melody by Vasilis Tsitsanis (sorry for the Greek lyrics, but somethings can’t -and better not- be translated)
Baglamas is a Greco-Turkish traditional stringed music organ that came to Greece with in the 1900s, by immigrants from Asia Minor. Soon, it became the main support instrument of the bouzouki in any band playing Piraeus city style rebetika, a genre evolved during hard times in Greece (in some sense, the Greek blues genre).
Baglamas is the smaller version of bouzouki pitched an octave higher (D-A-D), with unison pairs of the four highest strings and an octave pair on the lower D. This stringed instrument is quite popular with musicians who needs something to carry around easily. During the 20th century, it was ideal for hiding it under a coat, as its players were persecuted by the Greek government and baglamas were smashed by the police.
| You can hear authentic recordings by Vasilis Tsitsanis on baglamas (back in 1950) by following these links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR02pKhWEfs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XER2TgIlXH0
We use mahogany for the instrument’s body, maple wood for its arm, spruce wood for the soundboxe’s top, and rosewood for its fretboard. It is worth mentioning here that every kind of wood is carefully chosen for every part of the instrument, taking into account its “musicality” and its durability, but staying close to the instrument’s tradition.
Our premium “Forbidden Baglamas of the Outcasts” is 55 cm in length, 12 cm in width, while its soundbox is 21 x 12 x 8.5 cm. Last, the length of its vibrating strings is 36 cm.
This is a unique top quality instrument with amazingly rich sound, decorated in the authentic fashion of the early 20th century. You will be surprised by the sound it can produce, compared to its small size. It definitely has the “wow-effect”…
Our instruments are shipped in secure packages, and they are labelled as “fragile” in the postal office in order to be handled with the maximum care possible.