New pardas on Hiren Roy
This old Hiren Roy sitar, brought to me by Arnoud E. needs new pardas and some small repair work. Arnoud provided a full set of new pardas made by Hiren Roy Company, but some of them were made too short. Thus I decided to reuse a selection of the old pardas and fitted them at the end (the last 4, nearest to jiwari).
Also some body cleaning has been performed and together with new strings and fresh jiwari this sitar is ready for another life… finally almost a complete restoration.
Hello, very nice work. I want to make a question? A while ago my sitar was unarmed and mistakenly fell frets. Now, do not remember where I was its location. Is there any pattern or configuration so that the strings do not touch more than one fret at a time. You can give me any information on hammered frets to locate better. Thank you very much for sharing such information on sitar.
I feel sorry for your problem. Mounting mixed-up frets is not very pleasant. Before starting to mount you should try to restore the original order. Rather exceptionaly the frets are numbered. Watch very carefully under, or in the proximity of, the feet. In many occasions the old Roman cypher is used. If you cannot find any marks, then there is only one solution: Put all the pardas on a flat piece of wooden board and try to sort (see picture). Pay most attention to the curvature, height and width of the frets, and to the height of the feet.