These African balaphons are traditionally crafted in Senegal using wooden note planks, cotton cord, and calabash gourd resonators.
This West African percussion instrument includes 16 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallets included.
Measures approximately 29-30” long x 14” wide x 6-7” tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
Size: 29-30"L x 14"W x 6-7"T
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