The Structure of The Tonbak

The structure of the tonbak

The Structure of the Tonbak

Introduction. Tonbak is the chief percussion instrument and a goblet drum played mainly in classical Persian music. However, it does not have a standard size. Some wish to play on a large-sized tonbak some do not. Some prefer convex-formed body tonbaks some don't. What is common among the structure of all tonbaks is that any tonbak possesses five parts which we are going to discuss in this short note.

The Structure of the Tonbak (also known as Tombak or Zarb)

The tonbak has five parts and their names are skin, body, throat, small opening, and finally large opening.

For more, see The Skin and Wood of Persian Drums and Tonbak Drum Skin Replacement.

Acknowledgements. The author wishes to thank Hormoz Dilmaghani, the webmaster of Tombak Network, for his graphic work.

Keywords. tonbak, tombak, zarb, donbak, dombak, goblet drum, drums.

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