P & Brothers
7 main strings ~ 13 sympathetics .
Half cut gourd with wood back, very nicely
finished. A good choice for a more portable
instrument or for smaller players as well as the
gourd size still has a nice footprint for
traditional sitting position. Synthetic bridges and langot and
nicely made har wood pegs including sympathetics. Suman Karmakar continues to
impress me with his attention to sound and detail.
One of the only makers who generally does all work
right in his shop from wood to final instrument. He's heavily influenced by the old parlor type dark
"butter smooth" sound of Hiren Roy and his
instruments reflect this as well as the design. A
highly under-rated maker maintaining traditional
style of fitting and never mass produced. Recommend
for players who like a decent half open sound. Add
an extra bridge with sitar purchase for $50, will
be fitted and jawari complete and will keep a
duplicate here for future needs. A great choice
for those looking for the classic smooth Kolkata
type of sound at a nice price. The fiberglass case
is a tradional size but smaller style with a middle
instrument includes careful handling, air shipping,
and fiberglass case as well as a lot of accessories so please keep this in mind
when comparing if you see it elsewhere, pics are of
the actual in stock sitar.
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