Please tell me the features of a standard Santoor before I make the purchase..
Santoor is an indo-Iranian trapezoid shaped box often made of walnut or different sometimes even local wood. The standard Santoor has 72 strings, two sets of bridges, providing a range of approximately three octaves. The right-hand strings should be made of a combined mixture of copper and brass and the left-hand strings of stainless steel.
How is Indian Santoor different from other Santoors from Greek, Persia, China etc?
The Indian Santoor is thicker, more rectangular, and has more strings. Its mallets are also held differently. Santoors are also made to custom as per the need of that particular player and genres of music he is playing.
Before you order your Santoor make sure you know which Santoor is it and finally the one you are looking for or not. Don’t be stuck with a Persian Santoor if you are looking for an Indian version. Get to know the quality classification, get your hands on instrument details, on which scale it can be tuned, its dimension, net weight, strings specifications, and price
What are the features of Persian Santoor?
Persian Santoor is trapezoid made of walnut wood. It is around 90 cm wide at the broad end, and 36 cm wide at the narrow end and 6 cm in depth. The strings are fixed to pins along the left-hand side and wound round metal wrest-pins on the right by means of which they are tuned with a tuning-key. Each quadruple set of strings rests on a movable bridge of hardwood. The bridges are placed in a way that the strings are divided into three sections, that gives the Santoor its fundamental note and two higher octaves.
There are nine, sometimes 10, to 12 quadruple strings on either side, 8 groups of strings, from which 27 different notes can be played. The bass strings are of brass or copper and the trebles of steel.
Persian Santoor is played by striking the strings with a pair of light mezrab and both hands are used to play the instrument..