How to chose a Monolina
We offer five flavors C, A, G, F, D with C being the highest note and D the lowest.
All Monolina's have 34 strings. 24 overtone strings, 5 bass strings ( one octave lower than the overtone) and 5 strings in the fifth. Included are also 5 bridges for the overtone strings and a template that allows accent tuning in a minor or major. Or you can design your own tunning.
The higher the note, the thinner the string. A thin string produces more overtones but less bass and vibration.
We are working with a string maker that designs and creates the strings that create the most volume and brilliance for each note.
The strings vary in material and design from the thin steel strings to the spun bass strings, to create the right sound.
Your first choice should be the sound flavor that resonates best with you and we have created a set of videos below that allow you to listen to the different flavors.
Another consideration, if you are playing in a group of people, is the key the other instruments are in.
Each monolina can be tuned in 440 Hz or 432 Hz, but the base notes are defined by the strings mounted.
While you can go up and down 3/4 of a note if the strings are relaxed too much they won't have the correct vibration and brilliance, and if they get to tight, they might snap.
So if you are looking for different tonal qualities you can choose to combine two Monolinia's, for example, A & D, C & F or G & A/D.
We are also here to help you so just give us a call 707-972-0196 and we are happy to assist you in your decision.
Monolina in C: 24 overtone strings in C`, 5 bass strings in C, and 5 strings in fifth G. Rich overtones tending to major.
Monolina in A: 24 overtone strings in A, 5 bass strings in A, and 5 strings in fifth E (Tanpura tuning). Rich overtones tending to minor.
Monolina in G: 24 overtone strings in G, 5 bass strings in g, and 5 strings in fifth d (Tanpura tuning).
Monolina in F: 24 overtone strings in F, 5 bass strings in F, and 5 strings in fifth C (Tanpura tuning). Vibration in abundance.
Monolina in D: 24 overtone strings in D, 5 bass strings in D, and 5 strings in fifth A (Tanpura tuning). Strong bass with strong vibration.
All Monolinas :
- 34 strings, bass overtone fifth
- 5 Koto bridges
- Universal template for minor or major tuning
- Use it for meditation, sound massage, concerts
- Place on the body for a sound massage
- Size 28.3'' x 13'' x 4.3''
- Material: ash & cherry wood
- Weight: 6 lbs
- Available accessories: Travel bag, U-Stand
Here are some videos that show you the Monolina played together so you can listen to the different combinations and playing styles
Extra Accessories for the Monolina and Monolini
Extension legs in 3 different heights
In case you did lose your Monochord manual we have all of them online: