From The Hoard
The bandura is the instrument that best embodies the voice and soul of Ukraine. From a musical perspective, the bandura unifies acoustic principles of both the lute and the harp. This produces a sound that is emphatic and gentle, resembling that of a harpsichord, but with a wide range of dynamics and tonal control.
The bandura’s development closely reflects the history of the Ukrainian nation, dating back hundreds of centuries, and is considered by many to be the national instrument of Ukraine.
Historically, the bandura was played by blind minstrels who traveled from village to village singing epic ballads and historical songs. Over centuries, the instrument has evolved in various forms.
We estimate this Bandura to be at least 25 years old.