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Different forms of the zither
that is well-known here in our parts are spread all over
the world. The Indian Santur which is played with sticks
has developped out of the folk music in Kashmir. It took
a long time for it to find acceptance also in classical
Indian music. Particularly the Santur virtuoso Shivkumar
Sharma has developped a kind of differentiated playing
technique that played an important part in accepting this
instrument as a classical solo instrument.
Indian Santur differs from the Persian Santur in the narrow
and high body. The player sits cross-legged and puts the
instrument on his lap. It is played with two heavy wooden
drumsticks. On the long sides on top of the instrument
15 wooden bridges each, that are stringed with 2 or 3
strings, are positioned opposite each other. The strings
are struck towards the middle part of the instrument.
Thus 30 notes with 60 or 90 strings respectively are available.
The strings are stringed on the sides of the instrument
on metal pins and can be turned by a tuning key. A usual
tuning is a diatonic scale on the right row of bridges.
The left row then complements the semitones that are missing
in the diatonic scale. In order to receive particularly
full and resonant sounds, the whole instrument can alternatively
be tuned to the pentatonic scale.
Santurs on offer from TARANG are made of solid wood and
have 90 strings. They differ greatly from the Santurs
often offered in India which are made of cheap plywood.
The instrument is supplied in a stable plywood case that
is usually coated with black plastic, together with a
pair of sticks and a tuning key.
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offers on principle only high-qualtiy musical instruments.
This is made possible by close personal contact to the
suppliers and a strict selection of the instruments that
are included in our range of goods. We do not offer any
instruments which reach the west from unknown sources
via importers and which are often resold by middlemen
without any quality check and setting of the instrument.
The demand from the west is relatively high in India.
The purchase prices are negotiated to the lowest limit
by the western countries, especially for high ordered
quantities. This has effects on the required care and
circumspection in craftsmanship, on the experience and
mentality of the commissioned manufacturer and the use
of parts of the instruments that are often of a poor qualtity.
Irrespective of the qualification of the skill in craftsmanship,
this leads, in some cases, to results that do not deserve
the name instrument. Thus it is easily comprehensible
that it is essential, when bying an Indian instrument,
to know the sources. TARANG only supplies instruments
from indisputable sources. All instruments are delivered
adjusted and ready to be played.
Of course, we understand that somebody who purchases an
instrument is also dependent on accessories and spare
parts. Also in this respect we can satisfy the needs of
our customers. Should an instrument be defective at any
time, we can arrange for appropriate restoration. As a
rule we can deliver any instrument offered on our website
within 1 - 2 weeks. Our international lists of teachers
enable everybody to find information about a teacher in
their proximity. You can expect from us: reasonable prices,
prompt service and straightforward processing of purchase
financial aspect also has to be mentioned. Despite the
high quality we offer, we also do our best to offer you
these instruments at very competitive and reasonable prices.