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Susap Purari

Pluck Jaw Harp in Papua Style

The Susap jaw harp is one of Papua's oldest musical instruments and is usually made of bamboo or palm wood. It is played by numerous ethnic groups during the courtship.

This stringed jaw harp inspires the musician and bohemian Steev Kindwald to invent completely new and original creations. The Susap Purari resembles the traditional Susaps from Papua in its structure, while the bamboo used by Steev was collected in a bamboo forest near Tokyo (Japan). In order to refine the material, he hardened it over fire in a lengthy procedure, then processed it and finally shaped it with ashes. The burnt-in simplified calabash is Steev's trademark.

The playing technique of the Susap is quite distinctive as it is plucked towards the face which needs some practice. The narrow end of the reed is placed on the slightly open lips, while you pluck towards the nose with the help of the cord. The mouth serves as a resonance chamber and by modulating the air through the opening of the mouth, the movement of the tongue or the larynx the tones can be changed. If the technique is mastered, the plucking and the percussive sound will be particularly enjoyable.

Tuning Free Tuning
Jew's Harp Type Pluck Jew's Harp
Origin Steev Kindwald
Material Bamboo
Length approx. 27.0 cm (10.6")
Width approx. 4.0 cm (1.6")

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

119.00 € ¹
Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping

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