This is a professional dzoura, small bouzouki instrument handmade by the best Bulgarian string instruments master. The dzoura is of perfect make and is intended for professional musicians. The instrument is UNIQUE, entirely handcrafted. It is of a skillful craftsmanship resulting from master's hard work, creativity and rich professional experience. The wood material used is 15 years old, dried and processed via special traditional technology. The Tzoura' basis plate wide 18,3 cm / 7,2" Depth about 7 - 7,5 cm / approx 3" Legth of instrument : 78 cm / 30,7" The maker of the dzoura we offer you is known for his talent on a national and Balkan region level. He is a third-generation master: both his father and grand father were into the string instruments making.
SOUND SAMPLE - instrument played by the master:
The instrument's quality is guaranteed with a certificate issued by Shop Bulgaria ltd. and the master himself.
The bouzouki and its smaller offshoots Tzoura (Dzoura, Djoura, Joura) and Baglama are thought to be distinctly Greek instruments but they were traditionally spread in many other Balkan countries. Actually, the bouzouki's prototype is the Turkish baglama saz. As the Turks used to occupy Bulgarian lands for more then 500 years, naturally these instruments were adopted by Bulgarians, too. Nowadays they are mainly played in Southern Pirin mountain region which is strongly influenced by Greek and Macedonian cultures.
This is a professional TZOURA string instrument for orchestra playing. Handmade, with unique hand painted flower decorations.
TZOURA (Joura) has the following characteristics:
- a top part of the neck of the instrument made of Acacia-tree; pegs for tightening the strings; the same keys as the ones typical of the guitar.
- neck, also made of Acacia
- corpus consisting of thick resonant top plate, made of walnut tree and back/ base part of Mulberry-tree, the block of wood hollowed out not made of separate parts that have been glued together (skafto), handmade after old traditional master technology.
- metal string holder on the bottom of the top plate.
- 6 metal strings in 3 pairs. The strings in the last pair have one octave difference between. The keys are of highest quality too!
The bridge ("donkey") is made of walnut-tree. The fingerboard is made of mahogany, too.
At the moment the instrument is pitched as a typical bouzouki E A D (Mi-La-Re) but the tonality can be changed to DAD , AEE or FCG.
Instrument measures: Length 78 cm / 30,7"
Mensure (the distance from the last three keys on the neck top to the bridge) - 61 cm / 24"
If you wish to have a case with the dzoura, we can offer you one, too. If you buy the instrument together with the case, we can send you both at once and you will safe from the shipping costs. Thus the case will cost you only 48 Euro(shipping included).
About the masters: The string instruments we offer are made by two masters: a father and a son. Bai Christo Stefanov (the father) is one of three best and most popular masters of Bulgarian string instruments. Bai Christo ( bai- a form expressing respect put in front of a name), as they call him, is a 3rd generation musician and instrument master. Because of his indisputable craft skills Bai Christo produces instruments for most Bulgarian state and local orchestras and ensembles. A great part of the music schools also order his instruments. Bai Christo has a few Master Certificates from the Bulgarian Masters' society. Apart from that, he is also awarded with different honorary Diplomas and prizes from expositions. Several articles and books popularize his skills, knowledge and products, the instruments themselves
Nikolay Stefanov (the son) has learnt the skills of string instruments making from his father and has been a recognized master for 15 years now. Nikolay is known for his creative approach, desire to experiment and use innovative technologies. His greatest achievements are inventing the prototype of gadulka violin we were selling as well as a special technology of varnishing.
Both a musician and a master, Nikolay is constantly looking for new ways to add to his mastership. He has been constantly consulting university professors and professional musicians that assist him in finding how to make the best of the instruments he crafts.
By working shoulder to shoulder, Christo and Nikolay combine tradition and innovation. The result of their efforts will definitely please every professional musician.
CHRISTO and NIKOLAY STEFANOV'S INSTRUMENTS, AN EXAMPLE OF WORKMANSHIP, ARE MADE BY MEANS OF TRADITIONAL OLD CRAFT TECHNOLOGY. THEIR QUALITY IS GUARANTEED!