As with the full-sized sitar, this one has 5 main, 2 chikari and 11 sympathetic strings. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique.
Approximately 42 inches in length. No rear toomba.
Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows), and gig bag.
Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique.
Deluxe Professional Bansuri flute in A#/Bb, approximately 22.75 inches in length. The Professional Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. The seventh hole is optional and rarely played. Its main purpose is to give greater accuracy in the upper octaves. It may be played on the rare occasion when you need to play the Ni in the lower octave.
The bansuri is a transverse flute from India, literally from the words bans (bamboo) and suri. It is one of the oldest musical instruments. All half notes, accidentals and microtones are produced by a unique fingering system. The finger holes have to be precisely covered either fully or half by the phalanxes of the fingers and not by the fingertips. This technique also simplifies the playing of longer bansuris. The standard quality of the Indian bansuris produce a quite beautiful sound, but their tuning is often not exactly to the western standard notes. It can happen that they sometimes sound slightly out of tune to the western ear.
This Bansuri flute is hand crafted. Becoming a perfect flute maker takes a long time. One must know the materials as well as the craft; and one must have patience. Each flute requires years of preparation and then concentrated attention to details. The Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only straight Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length.
NOTE: the longer the flute, the wider the required finger span. If you have smaller hands, you may be unable to reach all of the finger holes. The following measurements are the distance from the center of the 1st hole to the center of the 3rd hole for each hand. Measurements are in inches and can vary slightly (LH = Left Hand, RH = Right Hand).
The padding inside the case is approximately 1 inch thick.
The inside length is approximately 46 inches.
The inside width at the bowl is approximately 12 inches.
The inside width at the top of pegs is approximately 7 1/2, the bottom of the peg box approximately 8 1/2.
The inside depth is approximately 8 inches.
The actual weight is between 13 & 14 pounds.
The approximate outside dimensions of case shell are: length 49 1/2 inches; width of the bowl 14 1/4 inches; width of the peg area 10 1/4 inches.
This case comes with a carrying handle on top, a strap at the peg end and wheels at the bowl end. In addition to the lock and two latches there is also a securing strap to ensure the closure of the case.
The Mridangam is one of the most ancient, and popular, hand drums from India. It is the principal percussion instrument in South Indian classical Carnatic music. It functions as a solo instrument, as well as the primary percussion instrument in vocal and instrumental ensembles.
When played, the drum is held horizontally, and played with the fingers and palms of the hands.
The barrel-shaped shell of the Mridangam is made from the wood of the Jackfruit tree. There is a head at each end of the shell and raw-hide laces hold the heads in place. The heads are tuned up in pitch, by pulling the laces tighter to add tension to the heads. There is a larger bass (thoppi) head and a smaller tenor (valanthalai) head. A black paste is applied to the center area of the bass head. This application is called the satham or karanai, and it gives the head a low bass tone. The tenor head has sliver-thin reeds inserted between the two layers of the head to create a distinct buzzing sound. There are no tuning blocks included, although they can be inserted under the tuning laces to increase the drum’s pitch.
Overall length is approximately 22-24 inches
Bass head is approximately 7 to 8.5 inches in diameter
Tenor head is approximately 6 to 7.5 inches in diameter