The Tanpura is a traditional wooden gourd shaped, drone instrument with a long slender hollow neck and is primarily used to accompany vocalists, or other instruments. The neck has no frets, and generally has 4 steel strings, but may have 5, or even 6 strings. The Tanpura may be fashioned from a Tumba Gourd, or carved from Teak, Tun, or Guort, woods with decorative carvings, and inlay. The Tanpura is available in several sizes including male up to 60 inches, female, and flat, up to 40 inches, miniature male, and female, up to 24 inches, box style, and electronic. A case may, or may not, be included.