Doromb.com is a website focused on Jew's harp (Doromb means Jew's harp in Hungarian). The main language of the site is Hungarian, but on this page you can find detailed info in English. (We are working on the translation of the whole site, but nobody knows when it is done.)
If you like Google translated version, here you go! (The currencies work a bit weird, though: All the "big numbers" are in Hungarian Forint, no matter if Google puts a Pound or a Dollar sign before it.)
This is an online store where you can buy professional Jew's harps handmade by the master, Zoltán Szilágyi. You won't understand the text, but the videos will give you a clear picture. With the currency changer (on the left side), you can check out the the prices in GBP, USD or EUR. Shipping is around 10-15 Euros for 2-5 instruments, but it depends on the destination and the weight.
If you would like to order, just go through the order process, it's quite straight forward.
Jew's Harp Tutorials
It is very easy to make a sound with the Jew's harp, it gives you very quick satisfaction, you will enjoy playing it straight away. This is a short written introduction, but check out the video tutorial section of the site.
Hold the instrument at it's bow shape in your left hand with the twanger sticking outwards. Open your teeth ca. 10mm wide and press the frames against your teeth so that the sprng can vibrate between your teeth and the arms of the Jew's harp. Pluck it straight forward. You can intonate with the movement of your tounge.
This was very-very basically described, indeed. Check out the videos!
This site is edited by Áron Szilágyi with the aim of acquainting the Jew's harp to as many people as possible. This is a virtual meeting point for those who are interested in this instrument, who want to learn more about it or want to spread knowledge as well.
Some words about him:
Áron Szilágyi is the board member of the International Jew's Harp Society, the headorganizer of the Hungarian Jew's Harp Festivals and member of the program committee ofthe International Jew's Harp Congress. He is the director of the Musical InstrumentsMuseum of Leskowsky, the one of a kind institute in Hungary. Áron performs the Jew's harp as solo artist, plays in and manages bands Zoord and various music projects, he gives workshops worldwide and organizes world-music festivals, events.
Short story long...
Áron Szilágyi was born in 1977 as the first son of Zoltán Szilágyi, the only one Jew's harpmaker in Hungary.
He could play the instrument, when he was three but started to take it seriously at the age of 16. Since 1997 Áron has been an active member of the international Jew's harp movement and has been a regular guest of the international festivals. At these festivals he was deeply inspired by the different styles and playing techniques of the other virtuoso players. He got a deep inspiration by the spiritual JH music of the Yakut Spiridon Shishigin and the Swiss extravaganza Anton Bruhin.
Since 1998 Áron has been part of all the International Jew's harp Festivals and Congresses. He was the head organizer of the 6th International Jew's harp festival in Kecskemét. Since 1999 he has been an active promoter and producer of fusional world-music. He created the first electronic world music band in Hungary, Navrang. In 2006 he created the unique sounding Jew's harp-beatbox-didgeridoo trio, Airtist, that has become known worldwide. In 2015 he created the band Zoord, that blends traditional Hungarian music with powerful, trance Jew's harp grooves. This project is also touring in three continents. Áron has a good connection to festival organizers, culture diplomats, event producers in many countries. His unique modern, dynamic but colourful playing style that blends and respects the ancestors legacy has brought thousands of people close to the Jew's harp. His playing can be heared on more than 30 albums, he contributed in theatre pieces, composed music for ballet, played in mega-shows in arenas and can be frequently seen in different TV programmes. He also made three solo albums so far. His mini festival in December, Global Vibes, has become the annual "official" Jew's harp celebration in Hungary and some foreigners, too.
Besides managing the Musical Instrument Museum, running music projects Áron runs an online Jew's harp shop, writes a Jew's harp blog, gives presentations in schools, creates tutorial videos.
Áron Szilágyi is devoted to the Jew's harp and the Jew's harp movement. He believes that this instrument brings more harmony and peace in people's life, therefore more people should play it, know about it. All his seemingly diverse activities aim to this goal.
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The Doromb.com website is run by
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Edited by Aron Szilagyi
Images: If you intend to use any of the images of the site, no problem, but don't modify it and just mention that the instrument is made by Zoltan Szilagyi and photo is by Aron Szilagyi. If you need high resolution image for an article, let us know and we will be happy to send you. e want to encourage you to get inspired by the "Jew's harp theme" and send in wallpapers. Sounds: the MP3 soundfiles of the SoundBank can be used, modified freely. As soon as you want to use the outcome mention in the credit: doromb.com You are the most welcome if you want to share your Doromb related music, we will publish it on Doromb.com.