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Susap Mana

Divine Jaw Harp in Papua Style

Always in search of the individual soul of a jaw harp, Steev Kindwald experiments with different materials and jaw harp shapes. With the Susap Mana he has created a very special instrument that impresses with its simple beauty, its outstanding sound and its fascinating history. So he made this jaw harp from an antique piece of bamboo, which he discovered above a fireplace of an old Japanese house near Kamakura. The open fire naturally smoked the bamboo for decades, making it particularly robust. Probably this wonderfully hardened bamboo is 150 to 200 years old and on one side you can still see the imprints of the ropes with which it was once knotted above the stove.

The playing technique of the Susap is very special, as it is plucked towards the face. The narrow end of the instrument is placed on the slightly open lips, while the string is plucked towards the nose. The mouth serves as a resonating cavity and by modulating the air through the opening of the mouth, the movement of the tongue or the larynx the tones can be varied. This requires a certain amount of experience or practice, but then the playing and the percussive sound are especially enjoyable.

The Susap Mana has an excellent sound which is very clear and loud. The tongue vibrates dynamically and has a strong resonance. This jaw harp is easy to play for a Susap. Steev has reinforced and sealed the binding in the holding area with beeswax.

A unique piece of art!

Tuning Free Tuning
Jew's Harp Type Pluck Jew's Harp
Origin Steev Kindwald
Material Bamboo
Length approx. 25.0 cm (9.8")
Width approx. 4.5 cm (1.8")

Availability: In stock | Delivery time EU: 5-14 days, WORLD: 5-20 days

Availability: In stock | Delivery time EU: 5-14 days, WORLD: 5-20 days

230.00 € ¹
Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping

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