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Russian four string Domra (built in 1988)

This puppy I found on a Dutch site. Today I did a few repairs and adjusted the strings. A four string domra is rare, and finding one in the Netherlands even more. It's a Russian mandolin. The tuning is GDAE, the same tuning as a violin.

I'm going to build one later this year, after finishing my giant balalaika.

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Comment by deedee on April 3, 2013 at 2:53am

Promised to tell the scale length. It's 37 cm

Comment by deedee on March 22, 2013 at 8:35am

I will have a look later. It's my friends and it's at her place now.

Comment by steve smith-- Dewy Dewtron on March 22, 2013 at 8:28am

do you  know what the scale length of this is ?

Comment by deedee on March 22, 2013 at 3:27am

Yes, it definately is. It seems that Russian four string are not built anymore, so this was really great luck. And the sound is great. My Russian friend Olga is very pleased with it. Now we have two domra's for our small band. We are going to practise soon. I can play the violin. The left hand is about the same. But playing the right hand making a tremolo with a plectrum is a whole different matter.

My plan to build one myself hasn't changed because of this find. Next month my friend will bring tuners for it from Russia.

Comment by jim on March 22, 2013 at 12:45am

WOW! What a lovely instrument! And a nice leather case too.

Comment by Ted Hartman on March 21, 2013 at 11:18pm

Great Find.

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