"the sound of a torban"

A torban is a rare Ukrainian lute that seems to have descended from the theorbo during  the eighteenth century. The word 'torban' was often misapplied to mean any form of lute, but a true torban is strung with additional treble strings. Its complex and expensive construction and difficulty in playing reduced the torban's appeal, turning it into an instrument of the gentry, to whom it appealed as a status symbol.