Fiberglass Deze – 16″ Diameter Black
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The deze is the “low-tech amplifier” traditionally used with Shona mbiras. Originally made of a large gourd/calabash, now they are often made by molding fiberglass over a gourd deze, due to recurrent droughts in Zimbabwe. Luckily for you, the fiberglass deze is much less fragile than a gourd one, and possible to ship through the mail. Use a stick (about 3/8″ diameter) to wedge the mbira in the deze (base of the stick rests above the top metal bar of the mbira). The 16″ diameter is best for larger mbiras, or large hands, so your hands are not crowded.