is a musical instrument
which is a sort of cross
between a double bass
and a sitar
. It has five 'melody
' strings which are strings typically found on a double bass, four drone
strings similar to those on a sitar, and twenty-nine sympathetic
string, which resonate
inside a modular graphite housing
which is attached to the bottom of the tailpiece
and the base of the neck
. The feet of the main bridge
straddle the housing, which is situated underneath the fingerboard
. The Bazantar's melody strings have a tonal range
of over five octaves
and the sympathetic strings have a range of four octaves.
The Bazantar can sound like a double bass, a strummed sitar, or an entire symphony. When the melody strings of the instrument are played, the sympathetic strings are activated and drone along their own chaotic accompaniment. The instrument can be plucked in the pizzicato style, strummed, or bowed.
At the time of this writeup, there is only Bazantar in existence. It was invented and is owned and played by Mark Deutsch. The Bazantar can be heard on Deutsch's solo album, entitled Fool....
For more information on the Bazantar and its creator, visit www.bazantar.com.