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KoTaMo Concert Monochord - Tanpura, Koto and Monochord

Original price $2,394.48 - Original price $2,394.48
Original price
$2,394.48 - $2,394.48
Current price $2,394.48

The KoTaMo Concert Monochord is a three in one instrument that combines a monochord with a koto and a tanpura. The monochord is on one side and the tanpura and koto share the other.

Strings and Tuning:

  • The monochrome Monochord with 28 overtone strings(C) and 2 bass strings(c)
  • The earthy tambura with 4 strings in C,c, c, G, which produces gentle and long-lasting, Indian-like whirring tones)
  • The melodious Koto with 12 Kotos strings, which are individually underlaid with single bridges

Dimensions: 53 x 12 x 4 inches (approx)

Materials: Cherry wood and ash, handmade in germany

Includes: Tuner, tuning instrument, some replacement strings, and wood stand. 

Training:  Free 30 minute online training included

Strum on the strings close to the bridge of the monochord to create sounds rich in over-tones. Strum in the middle and the sound is more even. At first, it seems like you’re hearing only one tone, but as your mind relaxes you can notice a full variety of tones and overtones that weave a wistful and subtle melody. It creates a sound experience much like that of a gong. 


Videos and Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual: view

The exotic challenge for all guitarists, harpists and string virtuosos - the versatile
The koto with the single bridges dominates with its harp-like sound, which is occasionally complemented by draw notes. The Monochord accompanies with its fine waves, the tambura completes the sound with its exotic unmistakably Indian whirring tones. The MO-46GK is played lying down. For storage it can be placed upright. In this position the instrument is also very space-saving and a beauty in the living room.

The single bridges can be plucked individually, or played over like a harp. Like a Koto, the single bridges can also be pressed down on the non-tuned side after plucking, so that the tone increases its frequency or produces a vibrato. The tuning template provides a diatonic scale over 1.5 octaves, but the single bridges can also be moved at will, even during play, and a variety of other tunings can be tuned. The single bridges are arranged in the same way as traditional kotos are played, to allow the technique of pulling notes. Here the highest to n is on the player's side. In Europe the upside down construction is mostly used by instrument makers, because it serves the playing technique of the guitar players and no rethinking is necessary. We base our construction on the traditional playing technique of the Guzheng.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Joule L'Adara
Deep Resonant Mesmerizing! I Love my Concert Monochord

I got my Concert Monochord in 2015 and have since referred to it as "My Boyfriend" for its deep resonant low tones. It's a gorgeous instrument: so light weight (despite its large size) I place it in a cart and easily transport it on the NYC Subway! I have both the floor and high stand so have the option of playing horizontally while sitting or standing - great for when I play while vocalizing. It can also be played vertically, and while it isn't as easy to play this way, it takes up way less space plus looks gorgeous standing up. This 3-in-one instrument provides enough variation to provide a Sound Bath experience all on its own as you have a rich textured drone, the tangy buzz of the Tanpura strings, and the melodies of the Koto (strings elevated on bridges.) These melody notes can be tuned any way imaginable: the default template is for a diatonic (major) scale, but I have mine tuned to a rolling minor pentatonic. With this tuning, there are no "wrong" notes, making the playing easeful and intuitive. Although I have a Masters in Music, one doesn't have to be a trained musician to play the Concert Monochord- even though it looks complex, once the strings are all tuned it's easy to produce beautiful music. (One does have to have the patience for tuning the strings regularly though.) Best of all, unlike some of the smaller Feeltone monochords, this monochord has a movable bridge and can be tuned to any key! This makes it easy to tune to your bowls, gongs & other instruments.