Bones and castanets are a form of clapper instrument composed of a pair of hollowed out wooden faces bound by a cord.

Bones were an ancient form of percussion instrument, and have been used as a dance accompaniment in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. However, the form of bones known as castanets were developed in Spain.

In Spanish Dancing with castanets, two pairs are used. The left hand plays the "male" lower pitched set, the right the higher pitched "female".

In Elanthia, bones are much more common than castanets. Every bard is recommended to have a pair, as they are one of the few instruments that can be played with one hand. Although, for some reason that no one has really been able to explain, if one hand is dammaged, you still can't play your single-handed instrument with the healthy hand.

Bones are available from True Bard D'Or's Fine Instruments in central Crossing, Zoluren, and Malik the True Bard's Instruments and Picks, Southwestern Shard, Ilithi.

The following customizations are available:

D'Or's Fine Instruments, Crossing, offers the following woods for customization:

Oak+250K Deobar+375K Rosewood+1875K
Lunat+2500K Ivory-inlaid+1875K Ebonwood+2500K
Black ironwood+12500K Ash+250K White ironwood+9375K
Maple+125K Pine+62K Silverwillow+6250K
Crude-125K Unfinished+37K Wyndewood+9375K

Malik's Instruments and Picks, Shard, offers the following woods for customization:
Additional prices range from 90 to 857 (except for unfinished -90)
Wren-engraved Mahogany SatinwoodCherrywood
Lemonwood Chestnut White ash Lapis-inlaid
GildedFlower-engraved Dragon-engraved Phoenix-painted
Night black Crude Unfinished Simple

Castanets may be purchased from Teshi's Instruments on Aesry Surlaenis, Qi Reshalia, with these customizations:

Teshi's Instruments, Aesry Surlaenis, has these woods available for customization:
Additional prices range from: 250 (pick) to 16250 lirums (faenellica)
Alder Basswood Boxwood Black ironwood
Burlwood Cherry Cocobolo Copperleaf
Curly birch Ebony Fishtail oak Hickory
Lacewood Lemonwood Pearwood Silver maple

Teshi also has available these finishes:
Additional prices range from 100 to 19500 lirums
Crafted Parquet Inlaid Lacquered
Cutwork Oiled Painted Polished
Time-worn Varnished    

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