String instrument. It combines the features of a lute and a zither. It has an oval body, a round carved sound hole in the body, a fretless neck and a head with 6 pegs for the main strings. Also (below the body, continuing the general row of strings) there are strings stretched over the soundboard. The number of pristrunkov from 3 to 6, but no more. So, the maximum number of K. strings is 12. The strings above the neck, starting from the bass, are tuned in this way: G, c, d, g, a, d1, strings: g1, a1, b (h) 1, c2, d2, e2.

     Due to the external similarity, K. is confused with the bandura and vice versa. But these are two different instruments, differing both in the number and tuning of strings, and in the playing technique. On K., unlike the bandura, they play like a guitar, pressing the strings to the fretboard, that is, the strings above the fretboard play the main, melodic and harmonic role. And the strings perform an auxiliary function: just like resonating strings, or you can play echoes and harmonies on them. In addition, the body of the K. is always symmetrical and the neck is in the middle, unlike the bandura, which has a greater number of designs and shapes.

     At present, the instrument is not widely used, and the high performance skills of playing it have been lost.