Post by Dick Glasgow on Jul 1, 2007 16:21:15 GMT 1
Well Wikipedia says this:
The santoor is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer often made of walnut, with seventy strings. The special-shaped mallets (mezrab) are lightweight and are held between the index and middle fingers. A typical santoor has two sets of bridges, providing a range of three octaves.
The santoor is a hammered dulcimer, derived from the Persian santur (which is believed to be the first instrument of its type), and related to similar instruments in Iraq, Pakistan, India, Armenia, Turkey, and other parts of Asia. It is related to the Shata-Tantri Veena of earlier times.
Santoor is a stringed instrument, originally known as 'Shata-tantri-veena', or 'hundred stringed lute'.
For ages it has been used in the valley of Kashmir as a folk instrument.
Santoor is played with a pair of curved mallets fashioned out of walnut wood and the resultant melodies are reminiscent of the music on the piano, harp or the harpsichord.
Earlier it was not accepted as a complete classical instrument.
But Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma-the renowned Santoor player-initiated and brought into use innovative structural changes that have given the Santoor a much wider range of expressiveness and appeal, and it is now accepted as a classical instrument in its own right.
Yeap santoor is a great instrument as far as I can tell, although as I said in beginners' section I'm not a santoorist myself, but I'm here to help a colleague and friend.
She just purchased a new santoor in Nagpur, India and she's not very happy of how the lower section sounds. So if anyone has technical suggestions for sound improvement, such as improving the quality or placement of bridges, or purchasing better strings, or anything - we would be very grateful.