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The ancient world of music is an amazingly rich place for anyone to explore unassisted. Here are some valuable insights, lovingly curated by our family, to start with if you are a beginner, a professional musician, or even a collector.

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For those ready to invest part of their musical future in an ancient-inspired instrument.
What you choose is who you become. — Heraclitus, ancient Greek philosopher, 6th century B.C.

STAR OF ARIA (ink-painted bendir with tuning system), including a high-end GigBag

440.00 495.00 

“Rhythm finds its way into the secret places of the soul.” — Plato

This is a premium instrument, a replica of the ancient frame-drum known with many names throughout time and space, such as bendir or tympanon. It is one of the oldest instruments of humankind, as it has been around since prehistoric times.

This particular instrument is masterfully decorated with ink. Each LUTHIEROS ink-painted frame drum is handpainted by carefully chosen Greek artists, meaning that no two can be identical, boosting their value immensely. The design is inspired by an ancient mosaic that survives to this day at Cape Tainaron and dates back to the Hellenistic period (1st century AD). It is called the Star of Aria, and it was part of the ancient settlement of the Tainarians, which included a famous sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon, God of the Sea.

LUTHIEROS Bendir, decorated with Ink, is equipped with a unique air tuning system that enables the modern musician to tune it on different tones by simply adding or extracting air around the frame. It comes in three diameters: 18" and 20" (45 and 50 cm, respectively). It can produce a great variety of tones and frequencies, thanks to the spreading of shock waves moving across its leather drumhead, making it vibrate; therefore, the sound resonates through the whole drum.

Bendir, as a frame drum, is the oldest and most common kind of drum, and it was used in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, etc. What's more, it is used until today during the special mystagogic ceremonies of the Sufi, where the use of music, rhythm, and dance are essential elements to reach particular states of consciousness.

Bendir can be played to accompany ancient and modern instruments, providing depth to the sound of a music band. It can also be used independently to provide a mystic sound background to special events and moments.

440.00 495.00 

Bendir Decorated with Ink - 18, 20 or 22 Inches - 45, 50 or 55 cm - Frame-drum - Tympanon - Ancient frame drum with extra depth – Premium Handcrafted – Wooden Soundbox & animal skin top

Endorsed by the Best

Great performers using LUTHIEROS Bendir 

^ Christiana Papakosta, an inspiring street musician, playing a LUTHIEROS 18" Bendir hand-decorated with ink.

v LUTHIEROS Bendir during the Pausis Project's rehearsal.

Historic Accuracy & Playability

It's not a battle. It's about finding the right balance.

^ A maenad is dancing as she plays the tympanum. She looks down, avoiding the Dionysus' eyes, as she steps forward. Attic Red Figure, 440-430 BC. Attributed to the Curti Painter. Harvard University Art Museums.

< A maenad is dancing as she plays the tympanum. She looks down, avoiding the Dionysus' eyes, as she steps forward. Attic Red Figure, 440-430 BC. Attributed to the Curti Painter. Harvard University Art Museums.

Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life

To handcraft premium ancient-replicas with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, analyze hundreds of ancient depictions, build a lot of prototypes, test them with great musicians, etc.

And all of these, to conclude to meaningful compromises that have to be made, that are both deeply justified and make sense in terms of usability/playability. All in all, our ultimate goal is to serve the modern musician, and to bring ancient artifacts back to life as fully functional musical instruments.

Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the LUTHIEROS Bendir is made using natural materials available during antiquity. All parts are made of quality wood with great musicality, while the soundboard is made of premium animal skin. Final touches are added by using fabric, while the tuning system is the only one where we use modern materials.

This ancient artifact evolved to become a modern musical instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians. For all the minor (but very important) alterations, top-notch technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Modeling and rapid prototyping) as part of University-based research by members of the LUTHIEROS family. Key collaborations include the International Hellenic University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Di Giulio, A. M. (1991). The Frame Drum as a Dionysian Symbol in Scenes on Apulian Pottery, RIdIM/RCMI Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 1.

Doubleday, V. (1999). The Frame Drum in the Middle East: Women, Musical Instruments and Power, Ethnomusicology, Vol. 43, No. 1.

Landels, J.G. (1999). Music in Ancient Greece and Rome, London/New York. 

Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

West, M.L. (1992). Ancient Greek Music, Oxford. 


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Add a Premium Gigbag

A premium gigbag specially designed for LUTHIEROS music instruments.
NYX Gigbag for Bendir | LUTHIEROS Gigbag for bendir, and other frame-drums | Water-resistant | Dust-repellent | Extra padding | www.LUTHIEROS.com | Koumartzis familia

Multi-purpose protection

Water-resistant, dust-proof, and shock-absorbing thanks to its extra reinforced power-padding!

Beautifully designed to the detail

An impressive black / deep red color with many small details that add up to a premium product: color-coordinated features, ancient-inspired embroidery, top-quality zippers, and clippers, breathable back, extra reinforced straps, water-resistant and dust-proof materials.

NYX Gigbag for Bendir | LUTHIEROS Gigbag for bendir, and other frame-drums | Water-resistant | Dust-repellent | Extra padding | www.LUTHIEROS.com | Koumartzis familia

Ergonomic design

An ultra-lightweight bag with ergonomic features inspired by top-notch gig bags.


LUTHIEROS Premium Gigbag has 25mm padding, with even extra side-padding.

Someone you can trust

We love what we do, and we deeply care about our musicians.
It's about time to experience our top-notch customer care.

"All of these beautiful lyres, lovingly hand-crafted by LUTHIEROS, are, indeed, divine artifacts, reintroduced into the modern world… " — Michael Levy, a world-renowned lyre player. Read his extended review here.

"Electric guitars are very often provided with vibrato, tremolo or whammy bars. That concept was in fact invented by the ancient Greeks twenty four hundred years ago. Kithara was a musical instrument very popular during the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. This is a reproduction that was made by the Greek master luthier Anastasios Koumartzis of Luthiers Music Instruments." — Peter Pringle, a professional Canadian musician, and well-known ancient instruments player. Watch his extended video review here.

"Can't be happier with my lyre! Learning how to play this amazing piece of art! The lyre has amazing finishes, and you can feel it's made with love and skillful hands." — Jaume Gual Bennàssar, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Our family is world-renowned for its dedication, love and care. Here are some amazing reviews concerning our whole product range!

"It’s handcrafted with such care, and the materials are fine and well chosen. It arrived to us safely all the way from Greece, and we were able to track it all the way, so we always knew what was happening." — Rachel Loeb, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

"Amazing company! I was very skeptical about ordering an instrument online but it was packaged very safely and arrived in such a timely manner! LUTHIEROS also has some of the best communication skills I've ever encountered with a company, I had many questions that were all answered with great detail shortly after I asked them." — Batherus Batherus, New York, U.S.A.

"The Koumartzis family have been making replicas of ancient Greek instruments for many years, used by famous lyre players. They also contribute to their musical passions through research and collaborations." — Ancient History Encyclopedia. Read the extended tribute here.

"My ancient Kithara, handcrafted by LUTHIEROS Music Instruments, is for me a very interesting challenge. As an instrument is both old and new. It carries a history of many centuries and at the same time_ it is a very modern challenge that requires a creative approach to musical archetypes. After many experiments […] I discover that this instrument has but many extensions and features that are not noticeable at first glance. The construction is both sturdy and thin, and made of quality woods, which are eclectic, stylish and durable." — Ross Daly, a professional world musician of Irish descent.

"Absolutely fantastic! A truly wonderfully crafted instrument. I can’t put it down. It feels wonderful to play and is transporting me back in time." — Sarah Tilsley, West Sussex, U.K.

With Each Order You Will Receive


Worldwide delivery with package tracking at any given time.

Lifetime guarantee

In the unlikely event of defects in materials or workmanship.

Tuning and maintenance guide

A thoughtful leaflet with guidelines for how to tune and maintain properly your unique and priceless musical instrument.

A pack of extras

Extra small gifts to say "thank you" for making our family's dream possible!

Instrument report

A detailed report about the materials, the exact dimensions, and manufacturing details, signed by our master luthiers, Anastasios and Jordan Koumartzis.
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STAR OF ARIA (ink-painted bendir with tuning system), including a high-end GigBag

440.00 495.00 

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