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Genuine Peruvian Charango Guitar with Case, "Inca Sun God"

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The ten-string charango was a South American version of the European mandolin... more

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The ten-string charango was a South American version of the European mandolin, originally crafted from the shell of an armadillo. Benito Tito creates this piece with a relief of the Inti, or Inca sun god sculpted on the back. Displaying a beautiful combination of pinewood, jacaranda wood and congona wood, this lovely handmade instrument features metal and nylon strings. It includes a carrying case of colorful Huancayo-style cloth.

  • 0.96 kgs
  • 2.1 lbs
  • 64 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 25" H x 6.5" W x 3.5" D

  • Pinewood, jacaranda and congona wood, nylon and metal strings, 100% acrylic case
  • Carrying case included
  • Instrument Rating: Beginner quality, intended for casual use
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? No

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28

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01/06/2020

"Perfect Gift"

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Son loved this for Christmas. He was very impressed with the workmanship and it tunes and plays as expected. Now he just needs to find a way to display. Thank you!

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Inca Sun God, Genuine Peruvian Charango Guitar with Case

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12/26/2018

"Fantastic Purchase"

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We visited Peru a few years ago and fell in love with the Country. This was a Christmas gift for my husband who collects musical instruments. This was a great addition to his collection. Exceptional craftsmanship and speedy delivery made this an excellent choice. Will definitely purchase from this site again. Thank you Mr. Tito!

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  • Hours of entertainment

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Inca Sun God, Genuine Peruvian Charango Guitar with Case

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11/04/2020

"Gem loves wood ronroco guitar"

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Great addition to my collection.

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  • For playing or displaying

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Verified Reviewer

09/28/2020

"Beautiful work"

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Unfortunately the person I bought it for could not figure out how to play it

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lovely woodwork attention to detail

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Jacaranda, Quena Wood Inca Flute with Case Handmade in Peru

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From Northfield, Connecticut, USA

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08/15/2020

"This is added into my music making collection"

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A beautiful flute, Im still learning how to play it!

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From Pennsylvania

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02/13/2020

"I am very excited to learn how to use the pipes!"

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I loved receiving my Andean pipes! They were contained in a lovely carrying case and the pipes themselves were meticulously cut and bound together. My only problem is that I do not know how to play them! I was able to get some soft notes out of them which was great, but I clearly need instruction. It would be wonderful if the very skilled artisan, Benito Tito, could put together a beginner?s guide to help someone like me get started. I would be very willing to pay extra for a beginner?s guide to using the pipes written by an expert like Benito Tito.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

For generations, the Tito family legacy has helped to preserve the musical traditions of the Peruvian Andes. The art of crafting musical instruments to produce the haunting music indigenous to this region has been passed from father to son. Benito is now an elder master. He embraces every opportunity to teach younger artisans the vast array of skills required to handcraft a musical instrument and proudly incorporates local materials, such as jungle bamboo, into his designs.

Now in his seventies, Benito has had cataract surgery but now faces glaucoma. Work is more difficult for him but he refuses to give up. The income from the sales of his musical instruments help him care for his wife who can no longer care for herself, pay for his grandchildren’s education and maintain his dignity. He is grateful that the orders for his work have increased since joining Novica.

Whenever Benito has a large order or many orders to fill at the same time, he hires other craftspeople to help him. He especially likes to give work to those who are from his hometown of Puno - he likes to be able to share the income this work brings with others in his community.

Now in his seventies, Benito is entirely dependent upon Novica sales. The income derived from the sales of his musical instruments support him, his wife and his grandchildren. He also gives work to other artisans when he needs help to meet the demand for his work.

As Benito's sales have grown through Novica, he has been able to hire other artisans to help meet the demand for his handcrafted instruments. He has trained many of them in this traditional craft and prides himself on preserving this traditional Peruvian art form.

Now in his seventies, Benito lives with one of his children and their children. Their parents provide for their children's food and clothing and Benito proudly pays for his grandchildren's education, even though he often struggles to do so.

Benito Tito has received a $450 microcredit loan with 0% interest. Proceeds were used to purchase wood, strings and accessories for his musical instruments.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

 
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