The Tarhu is a new form of spike fiddle, created by instrument maker and musician Peter Biffin.

The tarhu design uses a unique acoustic system, where the string’s vibrations are transferred to a featherweight wooden cone suspended within the body. This design creates extremely sensitive instruments with an unprecedented range of tone colour variations.

 The efficiency of the cone system has also given these instruments a very large dynamic range.


Types of Tarhu

Many forms of tarhu have been created over the years. The ones shown below are those that are ordered most often. Other forms can be made on special request, please email and discuss.

Longneck Tarhu


A very versatile instrument that can be either bowed or plucked in a range of styles from East and West





Kamancha Tarhu & Shahkaman

Made for players of the quintessential Spike Fiddle of the East