I’ve shared this with a few friends some time ago on instant-messenger/facebook.
New Style – but Ancient Looking – Stringed Instruments by Peter Biffin of Australia.
I am blown away. The “Tarhu” sounds like a Cello/Violin/Esraj all in one. Maybe I’m just a little over-excited about this at the moment, but I currently think * * NOTHING * * I have heard can compare to how good these instruments sound. The use of an internal cone that is safe from string tension to produce sound is brilliant.
I am going to get myself an Esraj from him in the (hopefully near) future. Make sure to look through EVERY page on his site, and check out the sound samples – especially the “Tarhui” in Raag Desh.