Hi. I sure don't need another kora but the experimenter in me won & I just completed a full size, solid Spruce-soundboard kora using an African gourd I obtained in the late 1990s. It uses hammered-dulcimer type "Zither-pins" which I've used on koras with great success for at least a decade. This is not a construction article as such but using these photos, along with my previous kora-building information elsewhere on this webpage, it should be easy to duplicate this thing. While in no way am I saying that wooden top koras are better than traditional skin heads normally found on the instruments, these benefits are definite: - Unlike skin-head koras which are very sensitive to variations in weather/humidity (especially way up here in northern Michigan), the wood top koras I've built stay in tune FAR better. Makes for a "pick it up & play it" instrument. - Surprisingly, the sound, tone and volume of wood soundboard koras is hardly different from that of a skin headed instrument. - DIY construction using a wooden top greatly simplifies things.
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I do far more experimenting and building than I do playing but if I get
brave enough, may throw on a youtube video of this current instrument.
Dennis Havlena - W8MI
Straits of Mackinac,
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