Lavta, Fancy, with Soft Case
Lavta, Fancy, with Soft Case. The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid wood staves, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a 'mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a ) but not a Laouto (ending in o ) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto. It is played, Like and oud, with a long thin plectrum. Approximately 32 (812.8 mm) inches overall length. Nut to bridge is 25.125 inches (638.18 mm). It is 13. 5 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep (342.9 x 165.1 mm). There are 7 strings, in courses of 2; 4 are nylon and 3 are silver wound. Comes set up for CGDA tuning. Zippered case included.