Name: Hiiu Kannel.
Type: Bowed > Lyre > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.22.71
Region: Baltic States > Eastern Europe.
Description: The Hiiu Kannel is a rectangular shaped bowed lyre from Estonia t in North-Eastern Europe. In Estonia: The Hiiu Kannel used in Estonian areas is played in a bowed violin-like manner. Three to four single nylon strings are attached from the tail end to the wooden friction tuners. A moveable bridge is placed near the sound holes. The body is almost in a rectangular shape.
Playing Techniques: This instrument relies on joints and finger nails. Both of the first and second strings are bowed when the instrument is played. While the rest of the strings are bourdons.