Type: Long-Necked > Lute > Chordophones.
Region: Greece > South East Europe.
Tuning: Dd Aa Dd.
Dimensions: Scale Length 61 cm.
Acquisition Date: 1997/98.
Acquisition Source: Lark In The Morning, Original Pike Market
store (this particular location is now closed).
The tzouras is the medium sized member of the
bouzouki family. Both six stringed (trichordia) and eight stringed
(tetrachordia) types of tzoura. The eight string tetrachordia is
available through luthiers who specialize in the making of the bouzouki
family. Like its close relatives tzouras it is fretted to a 12-tone
chromatic scale. Along with the baglama the tzouras is played in
regional folk and rebetika music.
The tunings (düzeni) that are used to tune the tzouras
are no different then the tunings for saz or six stringed bouzouki
although they are an octave above. Alternate tunings (duzeni) that could
be used are including D A D and or G D A.
This was my actual first instrument from Greece. At the
time I was searching for an "affordable and decent quality" bouzouki to
my liking but none were found. I was searching for a close alternative
which I found this tzouras. For the price paid at the time this
particular tzouras sounds pretty descent and plays well.