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Sinori

A brand new instrument for percussionists made from a sheet of stainless steel.

The best way to learn about this instrument from Sinori Percussion is to see/hear it in action. Sinori is a metallic percussion instrument made of stainless steel. Sounds are created by striking the instrument with a beating apparatus such as drumsticks, brushes, mallets or even your hands, while flexing and wobbling the instrument. Even bowing the instrument with a cello/violin bow, like you might do on a cymbal or gong, works great!

The Sinori stands 55-inches tall (150cm), 37-inches wide (96cm), and weighs 10lbs (5kg) - which encourages a "body-playing" technique. It has a unique, clear-cut shape, which has supposedly been meticulously moulded with "vibrometric measurements", and comes with a wooden knob that allows the performer to hold, bend and grasp the instrument — creating even more anomalous tones.



  • The top-right part, because of its small size, can be used to obtain high notes with an oscillatory motion of the palm of your hand on the metal.
  • The top-left part, where the handle is inserted, is meant for use as a tuning handle. Bending the sheet at that point makes it possible to tune the vibrations produced by the body of the instrument.
  • The sides of the sheet are designed to allow the user to hold it and interact with it in the best way possible. The user can grab it using the wooden knob to halt and release the vibrations if Sinori is resting on the user's body.
  • The side handles have been designed to be able to flap the sheet, thus bending to generate the typical sound of steel bending, and releasing it abruptly to generate an explosive hit.
  • The Sinori's bottom surface, socalled "soundbox", is made in order to produce low pitch sounds. The bottom handles are also for the purpose of tuning vibrations from the metal."