Monoj Kumar Sardar large 432

The Shrutibox Monoj Kumar Sardar large 432 offers a balanced, warm, full tone with long sustain, wide dynamic range and easy playability. Its tuning to 432 hertz is said to be particularly relaxing and healing.

EU: 281,71 € (incl. bag)
incl. 16% VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 6.90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 242.86 € (incl. bag)
plus 6.90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

Some people find the significantly lower tuning to 432 hertz softer and more relaxing or consider it generally more natural, harmonious and healing than the standard tuning to 440 hertz. Since shrutiboxes cannot be re-tuned at will, however, the 432 tuning makes it impossible to play this model together with instruments in standard 440 hertz tuning.

The large frame provides a much larger bellows volume as compared to smaller models, which permits an accurate dosing of air supply. In this way, the sound can be kept constant effortlessly even when three notes are played simultaneously. Additionally, the volume can be varied considerably wider and finer from evenly tender and low to constantly powerful loud. The larger resonating chamber provides moreover for a somewhat fuller overall sound. Despite its larger dimensions and heaviness, Monoj Kumar Sardar's shrutibox large can still be taken around without any difficulty. Only if you have to carry a lot of other stuff and if you are travelling by public transport or by foot, shape and weight might become inconvenient. 


13 chromatically tuned notes from c to c' (C3 to C4 in scientific terms); all notes tuned equally tempered to pitch a' (A4) = 432 hertz; frame made of solid teak wood; surfaces with silk mat synthetic varnish; side parts made of laminated wood; feet, handle and latch made of metall; valves made of plastic; bellows made of cardboard with leather blockings; including sturdy bag.

Manufacturer / Supplier

Monoj Kumar Sardar & Brothers is a relatively large-scale manufacturer in the heart of Calcutta looking back on a rich tradition of three generations. It is run by four brothers, all of them trained craftsmen specialising in different aspects of instrument making. They mainly make sitars, tanpuras, esrajs, dilrubas, harmoniums and shrutiboxes. But the eldest brother and manager Monoj Kumar will get you every other instrument that is manufactured in India as well. Due to our long-term co-operation with Monoj Kumar Sardar since 1994, we receive instruments with a high quality level in terms of sound, workmanship and materials. Today Monoj Kumar Sardar's quality can well compete with other renowned brands like Hemen and Hiren Roy for string instruments or Pakrashi, Paul and Bina for harmoniums.


By default we deliver all shrutiboxes (except the Triple) with 13 chromatically tuned notes from c to c' (that is to say, C3 to C4 in scientific terms). Each of the twelve halftones occurs at least once in this range and in order to achieve a full overall sound, an additional fifth or fourth up or down can be played together with each note, offering multiple possibilities of tonics and harmonies, which are fully sufficient for most fields of music.

On request, however, we deliver chromatically tuned shrutiboxes set to any other tonic as well - that means, also in F, F#, G, G#, A, A# or B. For this purpose, we manually retrofit the respective shrutibox individually with a complete new set of reeds for the required pitch. The order of sound valves is kept in this procedure, so that the upper and lower row do not correspond to the black and white keys of the keyboard any more. The notes remain in chromatic halfsteps though, ascending from left to right, thus still comprising a complete octave.

This unique service is free of charge and interesting for all musicians who play the shrutibox regularly in a different tonic than c and wish to enjoy the particularly full drone of tonic, fifth and high octave - e.g. to accompany bamboo flutes and, of course, for singing and chanting in the individual's tonic. Such alternative tonics are all below the octave of our standard tonic c. These tonics are therefore also interesting for all musicians seeking a deeper, warmer overall sound.

Even user-defined customized tonics for new and also for existing shrutiboxes are feasible. Please let us know your requests - we will gladly make you an offer!


Measure: 41 x 33 x 9 cm, weight: 4.4 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.