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Sher Mohammad vintage sitar — 6 Comments

  1. I have owned 3 Sher Mohammed sitars and each was wonderful. Although simple in design they were very well made and played and sounded beautiful. The old style neck top is flat under the pardahs. This is the design I liked and used on the 2 sitars I built.
    It seems that the workshop is still building in Lahore and I hope that they still make such lovely instruments.

  2. Thank you for pointing me to some remark I should add concerning the 4th string.

    Depending on style and/or raga the 4th string should change.
    In the rare situation you are using a DHA/NI (= A#/B#) then the original string gauge can be used. However, in a more appropriate tuning, when the string’s pitch is raised to GA (= E#) this brass string tends to break easily. So, nowadays, a steel string, 0,28mm (N°2) or 0,30mm (N°3) is used more commonly.
    Also, in my personal experience with Harichand, since long time the brass strings (#2-3-4) aren’t used any more. They are replaced by bronze, which alloy is much stronger and has a warmer sound.

    Practical tuning of the 7 main strings is:
    1) tuned to MA (F#) : steel, 0,28mm (N°2) or 0,30mm (N°3)
    2) & 3) tuned to SA (C#) : bronze, 0,37mm (N°28) or 0,40mm (N°27)
    4) tuned to GA (E#) : steel, 0,28mm (N°2) or 0,30mm (N°3)
    5) tuned to PA (G#) : steel, 0,28mm (N°2) or 0,30mm (N°3)
    6) & 7) tuned to SA (C#) : steel, 0,21mm (N°00) or 0,23mm (N°01)

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