23 metal strings run along the steel face plate on this sheesham instrument: 8 main strings, 2 drone and 13 sympathetic strings. Floral inlays and a brass toomba add to the visual interest. The bridge rests on a natural goat skin sound board giving it a lyrical sound with sustained notes. The steel fret board permits the characteristic slides (or meend) associated with Indian raga. Includes case.