SAS-02 also with soundholes
Day 61: Started with sanding the body with grid 80 & 150. Then making and fitting a tar dan out of extreme hard Indian rosewood.
Day 62: Making a new ghodi on walnut wooden feet, and fitting a chrome tailpiece and the main machine heads.
Fitting the (5) main strings on the sitar body and tune them for a test. And then the same exciting decision: drill soundholes, or not …?? So again, first I made a short recording with the closed body. After the delicate surgery I recorded in the same conditions and distance to the microphone.
the sound WITHOUT soundholes
the sound WITH soundholes
The recorder again registered a gain profit of +8 dB. And also again the low frequencies are much better and more in balance with the rest of the strings. This confirms the same result as when creating soundholes on the SAS-01 for the first time. The overall sound is very similar to that sitar.
Inderdaad, le son est manifestement pourvu d’une plus grande profondeur, d’une résonance propre spirallée qui séduit. Reste à évaluer les interférences ou chevauchements en séquences rapides, dans les mînds, etc.
Unfortunately, until now not any recording has been made yet. Only my 2 good friends Bert Cornelis & Jan Van Beek have been playing on these new sitars some time ago. Out of these first sessions came a small deficiency described (and solved) at Jora tar tuning problem. But now these instruments are 100% fixed and ready to play and soon to be joined by a third one.
Still waiting for a fearless sitar test pilote.
Maybe it’s time for me to start looking for a sitar teacher, so I can play these sitars myself. 🙂
It is quite a difference indeed. Even on the microscopic loudspeaker of my laptop i can hear it.
But still it seems less striking to my ears than the difference heard on the SAS-01.
However the sound without the holes could be qualified as more genuine indian (whatever the meaning of this might be) than the sound with the holes which in my perception cleraly brings the instrument westwards.
I would love to hear it played by a seasoned Indian artist. No candidates yet?
Once again you did a great job, amigo! Thank you!