THE 4-STRINGED INSTRUMENTAL TANPURA CALCUTTA STANDARD
The standard model Calcutta is manufactured by a small, unknown workshop and is a good starter model at a very reasonable price. Material and craftsmanship do not reach by far the high quality of the branded models but they deliver the delicate, clear overtone sound typical for instrumental Tanpuras.The keynote can be tuned to c – d.
The instrumental Tanpuras are the smallest Tanpuras with a length between 95 and 115 cm. They are stringed with 4 or 5 thin steel strings and, compared to the other two categories, have a flat wooden sound box and neck. The sound can be described as clear and silvery. The characteristic tuning of an instrumental Tanpura is around c (c - d). Instrumental Tanpuras are used in Indian music e.g. at Sarod or Sitar concerts.
The richness in overtones of the big male and female Tanpuras is closely related to the position of the threads which are squeezed in between bridge and strings. Since the bridges of the instrumental Tanpuras are specially processed these threads are not necessary.
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