A.B. Satarmaker Professional 4 String Female Tanpura + Padded Gig Bag. This 53 inch long female tanpura is made by A.B. Satarmaker, master craftsman of Miraj India. The city of Miraj is known to produce the finest tanpura in the world. The typical north Indian tanpura, favored by Hindustani musicians, is known as the Miraj style. The A.B. Satarmaker tanpuras have been hand crafted in Miraj for over 100 years by four generations of the Balasaheb family. The art of tanpura and sitar making has been honed and improved from father to son. The Balasaheb family has perfected innovations to improve the look and sound of the instrument. They skillfully cut the pumpkin gourd to create the correct shape, and join the gourd and body pieces with precision. They understand how the thickness of the wood body and neck will affect the tone of the instrument and take great care to craft the structures of even thickness. The progenitor of the Balasaheb family originally made his tanpura from teak. Today, this wood is becoming scarce and is too costly to use. A.B. Satarmaker tanpuras are crafted from seasoned toon wood. The A.B. Satarmaker tanpuras are characterized by accurate woodwork, precise joining, artful decorations, and attention to the finishing and Jawari (tuning) work. The result is a light weight instrument of high sound quality that will last for years to come. The current proprietor, A.B. Satarmaker, is as proud of his tanpura as he is proud of his family. The A.B. Satarmaker/Miraj maker's mark is inlayed on the soundboard above the bridge. The tanpura is an Indian drone instrument known for its rich sound. It resembles the sitar in size and shape, but has no frets and no sympathetic strings. Most Tanpura have four strings tuned to the tonic, a few have 5 or 6 strings. The name of the instrument has a number of variations, including: tanpura, tanpoora, tambura, thamboora, thambura, and tamboora. Male tanpuras are larger than the female. The decorative inlays may vary, but all are artfully carved. Includes padded gig bag.
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Special Freight Delivery is required for this item due to its size. The item is shipped on a pallet via special truck freight carrier.
The special truck freight carrier will contact the buyer in advance to schedule delivery. Delivery within 5-10 business days. The buyer or buyer’s representative must be present at time of delivery to inspect and sign for the delivery.
NOTE: There is no warranty on the strings shipped on your new instrument. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to you. The strings on your new instrument are tuned, inspected and finally de-tuned for shipment. Environmental and temperature changes may also affect the strings and could shorten their lifespan. It is recommended that you acquire a replacement set and consider changing the strings as soon as, or shortly after, your instrument arrives.
If you are just learning the instrument you may wish to change your strings every couple of months. If you are a professional - then you already KNOW the difference a NEW set of strings can make to the sound and playability of your instrument. Bottom line - your strings should be changed as needed. Enjoy!
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