Strings 4 - Instrumental Tanpura

Sometimes one may find wounded strings on a small instrumental tanpura. I’m personally not fond of the small instrumental tanpuras because of the far inferior sound quality. However, although the wound string has it's drawbacks, the lower octaves are more easily reached. This does create a deeper and warmer sound than the thin traditional strings. Please note that it is not possible to use jiva on a wound string therefore the jiwari must be made with this in mind.


Instrumental Tanpura

 

string 1, PA pancham

 

String 2&3, SA jora

 

string 4, SA kharaj

 

string length from front of bridge to backpiece (arra)

 

 66 cm

 

66 cm

 

66 cm

 

string gauge mm

 

0,30

 

0,28

 

0,375

 

string gauge inches


0,012


0,011


0,015

 

string material

 

Steel

 

Steel

 

Copper

 

tuning in Western terms

 

F-A

 

C-D

 

C-D

 

frequency (approximately)

 

700 Hz

 

1045 Hz

 

523 Hz

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