Paragon Heartwood Mali Bolon - 3 String

The Paragon Heartwood Mali Bolon (bow-LONE, also nbolon) is a traditional Mande harp consisting of a large open-top gourd covered with skin, fretless neck, bridge, and 3-4 tunable strings.
SKU: BOLM

Availability: Out of stock

$399.95

Details

Details

The Paragon Heartwood Mali Bolon (bow-LONE, also nbolon) is a traditional Mande harp consisting of a large open-top gourd covered with skin, fretless neck, bridge, and 3-4 tunable strings. This instrument is lower pitched than the other West African harps like the ngoni or kora, and is said to have association with the warrior class. Each bolon is hand made in Mali or Guinea using traditional methods.

Features:

  • Large, thick calabash gourd, 16-18" diameter, with bass hole
  • Thick goat or calf skin stretched over top, fastened with decorative tacks or stitching
  • Curved, fretless neck extending from end of gourd 32-38", may have resonator attached
  • Hardwood bridge with anchor hold 3-4 leather strings in place
  • Tuning by sliding strings up or down the neck
  • Hand crafted in Mali using traditional methods and quality materials

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU BOLM
Material Hardwood Neck and Bridge, Synthetic Strings, Gourd Body with Tanned Leather Top
Dimensions 55"x18"x17"
Country of Origin Ghana
Tuning System Leather Strips
Wood Type Calabash Gourd

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