Tzouras II | Unique Greek-Turkish Traditional String Instrument with distinctive inlaid wooden decoration
Tzouras is a Greco-Turkish traditional stringed music organ, the “middle” brother of Bouzouki and Baglamas as it has the fretboard’s length of the first but the soundbox’s dimension of the latter. It is also called “μεσομπούζουκο”, meaning half bouzouki.
After the first immigrants from Asia Minor came to Greece, the genre rebetika began to evolve (the Greek blues in some sense).
If bouzouki is preferred for the ease of playing it and baglamas for the ease of moving it around, tzouras is positioned directly in the middle.
All these three instruments are descendants of the Byzantine’s pandouras and tambouras. The also known Irish bouzouki is a more recent development that emerged after the introduction of the Greek instrument into Irish music by J. Moynihan in 1965.
For our tzouras, we use walnut wood for the instrument’s body, maple and rosewood 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 tzouras is 95 cm in length, 21 cm in width, while its soundbox is 30 x 21 x 16 cm. Last, the length of its vibrating strings is 67 cm.
This is a unique top quality instrument with beautiful and rich sound, with beautiful inlaid wooden decoration. This is why it is a quite rare musical artefact…
Every tzouras comes with a set of extra strings, and a booklet in which several modes are explained, along with music sheets of the most well known rebetika songs.
Our instruments are shipped in secure packages, and they are labelled as “fragile” in the postal office.
What’s more, we can manufacture for you top-quality beautifully manufactured custom wooden cases for storing or moving around your new bouzouki!