This is my interpretation of a pre-Revolution Master quality Russian instrument. The back of the balalaika is Quilted maple and the neck is Curly Maple. The face is German Spruce as are the internal bracing and linings. The instrument is trimmed in Walnut and Brazilian Rosewood. The fingerboard is Ebony and the bridge is Brazilian Rosewood. The nut is made of Pearl, the saddle and string pins are of Ivory. The tuners and cover plate are Gold with Mother-of-Pearl buttons. The inlays are of Mother-of-Pearl, Gold Pearl and Green Abalone. Colored wood marquetry compliments the instrument, including the "Dogwood Blossom" at the sound hole.