SITAR IN VILAYAT KHANI STYLE BY MONOJ KUMAR SARDAR
This is a wonderful instrument in unostentatious design for enthusiasts of the Vilayat Khan style. Despite the relatively competitive price, this instrument is more than a good starter model, it is by all means recommendable for quality-conscious musicians. The thicker Tabli which is required for the characteristic sound makes the Sitar a little quiet initially and unfolds its potential only after a longer break-in period. Since in the Vilayat Khan style, the two bass strings of the playing strings are lost, a Sitar in Ravi Shankar style does not have the lower octave available. You should bear that in mind when you opt for a Vilyat Khan model.
A clearly differentiated sound result with a retained yet distinct and clear richness in overtones is also a characteristic of this Sitar. In the past, the bridge of a Sitar was ground in a way that it produced an open Jowari. The resulting overtones which sound exuberant for today's taste and the buzzing of the strings have been abandoned for quite some time now, at least for professional Sitars. Today's sitarists prefer a closed Jowari. Since the year 2000, plastic bridges are being used instead of the previously common horn or bone bridges. The advantage is that these bridges maintain the Jowari much longer and do not have to be reground because they are much harder than their predecessors. If the bridge is not reground, the closed Jowari changes over the years and, due to the abrasion of the strings on the bridge, the sound pattern comes closer to an open Jowari again. This only happens, however, when you play your Sitar intensively and regularly over many years.
As a traditional instrument manufacturer in the centre of Kolkata, Monoj Kumar Sardar supplies the whole range of Indian instruments and instruments from the folklore range as well as some western instruments. Monoj Kumar Sardar supplies a reliably good quality, both in processing and in sound characteristics, and can in every respect be called a manufacturer of excellent instruments with a good price-performance ratio.
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