Persian Kamancheh (Kamanche or Kamancha) is a highly esteemed instrument of Persian music. It captures the listeners with its moving sound. Persian Kamancheh is used for light music (motrebi) and it is the only bowed string instrument in the classical tradition of Iran. It produces a soft, beautiful timbre and due to their technical possibilities, they can be used as a solo and also an ensemble instrument. Kamancheh is a spike fiddle with a solid bowl made of walnut or maple. There are four strings on it, namely E, A, D and G. These valuable instruments can be hard to reach sometimes, but we provide you in our catalogue with Kamanchehs that are hand-made, constructed by makers who have mastered their craft. You can see these beautiful instruments in our store in Istanbul or you can also check the various models in our catalogue through our website. You will probably find here the right Persian Kamancheh for you at the best value.
History of Kamancheh
It was learned that the history of Kamancheh was the only stringed instrument in Turkish music until the end of the 18th century.
After Hacivat-Karagöz and Turkish dessert, it was found that the Kamancheh, which is one of the significant values of Turkey that Greece tried to protect, was taken to Greece by the Greeks who immigrated after 1924.
The fact that the Turkish nation goes to the highlands of the Black Sea, especially in the summer, is also related to the Kamancheh. Greece's attempt to claim ownership has sparked backlash. Greece's attempt to claim ownership caused reactions.
The word Kamancheh is used today in many countries such as Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Greece, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. In today's Turkey, two types of Kamancheh are used, one being the Armudi Kamancheh of classical Turkish music and the other being the Black Sea Kamancheh of Eastern Black Sea folk music. In addition, the zucchini violin is sometimes called Kamancheh.
It has two large D-shaped holes on its chest, with rounded edges out. The instrument has a "back groove" on the back. The strings of the Kamancheh are 7-10 mm higher than the key, while the tail wedge is placed on the left knee.