The 1-Stringed presplit Bamboo-cane Ektara?

Ektara‘s normally have a cane of bamboo split in two with a soundbox at the base and a tuning peg at the top. The bamboo is pressed together to change the pitch of the string…
I’ve changed things a bit…
I chopped a length of fresh bamboo at two nodes, making a closed cylindrical bit of bamboo. Then embedded a piezo at one end, attached that to a socket I took from an old tape recorder. Cut a slot into the handle end of a BBQ skewer and drilled some small holes for the string, and voila! The 1-Stringed presplit Bamboo-cane Ektara. Or shall we just call it Dave?

Turn the handle to change the pitch of the string, best played into an amp ’cause it’s hard to hear otherwise!

 

 

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