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5 String Kantele Tune book for download with audio files

fishbone tune book


5 String Kantele:

Standard model This is a beautiful sounding simple instrument,  Made of Spruce with  an open back.  This model still ash
kantelehas the maple inserts inside the head of the more expensive models. 
Tuned to D major or Minor.

very easy to play. 

This comes with just the Tuning key and a spare string should you need it.
Delivery Included. 
These 5 string Kantele's measure 25" by 4.5" and are 2" in depth,
most often available to order 6-8 weeks for the standard 5 String model.
from around  £300  including shipping/delivery, cases extra if required

  For latest options see my etsy Shop 

More information and
Walnut and Cedar 5 String Kanteles:

head Kantele's can be played by anyone, are great for simple improvisation and yet are still offer a challenge if you want to play the ancient repertoire or modern tunes.

The 5 string is the oldest type of Kantele, 2000 plus years at least! and is an integral part or the Finnish epic poem The Kalevala.

Modern interpretations of these instruments have found use in Schools, Music Therapy and Meditation work

For historical information have a read at this thesis by Carl Rahkonenscott


It is strung with steel strings tuned to a Diatonic scale in D. ( D, E, F#,G, A) Or D minor tuning D, E, F G A
For Music Therapy The Pentatonic D tuning can be used D, E, G, A, C

These instruments are of the open backed variety which have a great sound that can be modified depending wherever you play it, for example on a table, lap, upright, closed back ones tend to sound the same regardless.
Standard instruments are Open backed models made of Tulip Poplar
but my specialty, the Custom Instruments are usually Walnut and cedar as pictured, or Cherry and Cedar,Spruce can also be used.  Other timbers available to order.

front walnut

Walnut and Cedar 5 string £550, includes case,tuning key and Delivery/Shipping is free for the United Kingdom and £25 extra for U.S.A/World     sharpening levers for the middle F string can be added for an extra £50

5-6 months wait for these usually.  25% deposit required to place order.  email me here:
This instrument was featured on my Kantele playing series on Youtube:

cased kantele

I occasionally make instruments from  recycled timbers or from locally felled trees, these are sometimes available on special offer.

Instruments with a backboard on a 5 string are £50 more, These have thin soundboards and backboards and sides that are slightly tapered.  On these instruments I offer the option of a sound hole on the front or back.  (Patrick wolf plays an antique Black  finished instrument with a backborad and rear sound hole.)

For traditional Finnish styles of playing these instruments see here:

For contemporary playing check out Patrick Wolf's work.

And also check out my links section for other sources

** If you are interested in 6 string, Horsehair/ re-enactment Kanteles then please visit my  Fellow Luthier Corwen's site here:     His instruments are very reasonable priced for UK/europe buyers.  For US Customers there is Gerry Henkel at


Walnut 10 String Kantele

(Please also see my 11 string model which is my new standard Kantele

Std Walnut Model £750 Including case and key

Do see my new 11 string page too which has largely superseded this model and has more options.

walnut kantele

This instrument is made of beautiful dark American
Walnut, with plain inlay on the soundboard.

Postage/Shipping is free for the United Kingdom and £45 for U.S.A/world

walnut in case

10/11/15 string Kantele's with a backboard are £100 more, On these instruments I offer the option of a sound hole on the front or back, I do not cut sound holes into the open backed instruments

A deposit of 25% on these secures a place on my ordering books, please contact me for further information


On these instruments you can play the older repertoire, minor and major without changing the tuning and you can play a far wider range of music.  The perfect instrument for a frustrated Harpist, or a guitarist looking for a harp/zither instrument.  

This Instrument has a shimmering bell like tone and when played un-damped it is similar to wire strung Irish harp, very magical. It has an established repertoire of Finnish folk music, but it is a very personal instrument, you can play whatever music you want to! Being diatonic there are no discordant note combinations, just interesting harmonies!

They are finished with an organic oil varnish and wax to a matt finish. It measures approximately 29" by 6.5" and is 2" in depth. It It is strung with steel strings tuned to a Diatonic scale in D. ( A, B C#,D, E, F#, G, A, b, then high D) It comes supplied with a tuning wrench

First Chords for the 10 String Kantele

first Chord chart for 10 string

Standard models in Black Walnut or  Ash,  for other woods please inquire.

Books are available for tunes and learning in the USA from
Piezo pickups can be added, Price depending on model of pickup, I can also make a pure electric model.


Custom Model £850 Including case and key
kantele in caseThe instrument in the picture is for illustration only,  the choice of decoration including decorative timbers on head and tailstocks or letter inscriptions in Latin, anglo Saxon, Finnish/Icelandic/Elvish texts.
(these are applied using  a combination of Kolrosing, inlaid wood, mastic and other black pigments.

Do see my 11 string Kantele page for more information and options

Please note that the Current waiting time for new orders can be anything up to a year for some instruments as I am now making batches of one type at a time.