Weight: 0.62 kg (0.60 ~ 0.65 kg). This is a light instrument, very comfortable to play.
Width: 5 cm ( 2 inches )
It comes with Soft Case
Daf instrument is a large frame drum from the Middle East. It is commonly used in Armenia, Iran, Turkey Azerbaijan and also in Greece. It can spell as Daf, Daff, Deff, Duff. The frame is made of wood and covered with a lot of metal rings attached around it. The membrane of a daf instrument is mostly made of animal skin, like a goat, horse, and cow but in modern versions, synthetic materials are also in use.
The frame is made of a strong wood. The diameter of it is about 48 - 55 cm wide. The skin of the daf instrument is strongly glued to cover the frame. In order to keep skin tight, metal pins are nailed behind the frame. There are no jingles in the Daf instrument. In the inner part of the wooden frame, there are hooks that help the rings hanging. These rings work like jingles when the instrument moves.
In a world where even musical instruments go extinct and forgotten, daf can still hold its place and survive in some cultures today. Although Daf instrument does not have the worldwide popularity it used to have, it is still a big accomplishment for an instrument to survive thousands of years in different cultures. Just imagine how many different objects Persian tried to make music with and decided that Daf instrument was better than the most. As a result, Daf instrument has managed to preserve its popularity and relevance.
Looking at its status today, Daf instrument is still fairly popular in many classical orchestras which lean a little bit towards oriental music taste. It is very common to stumble upon a daf player when visiting any musical show in countries such as Turkey, Armenia, or Greece. Not only the oriental classic music but also folk music and in some instances of pop music of these countries have a place for Daf because of its unique oriental spice.
It is impossible to predict the future yet considering the era we live in and the resilience of Daf instrument , it is easy to say it will be around for many more years. The main reason for this is there will always be new people making good music who will try unique things to make their music distinctive. Since nowadays internet stores everything in it, something as historically important as def will never disappear from the face of the earth.
Afshari is one of a best Persian instruments maker in Iran. This is a 1 mohr (Stamp) Daf of Afshari.
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