Monoj Kumar Sardar large G

The shrutibox Monoj Kumar Sardar large G offers a balanced, full tone with long sustain, wide dynamic range and easy playability. The tuning to the low fundamental G gives it a particularly warm tone.

EU: 289 € (incl. bag)
incl. 19% 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

The low G fundamental makes the shrutibox Monoj Kumar Sardar large G particularly suitable for accompaniment of lower voices, such as mezzo-soprano, alto, baritone and bass. For many instrumentalists, the low pitch and the warm sound offer attractive possibilities, too.

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. 

Sound sample Monoj Kumar Sardar large G
- all tones individually
- chord G-H-D-G

Features

13 chromatically tuned notes from G to g (G2 to G3 in scientific terms); all notes tuned equally tempered to pitch a' (A4) = 440 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.

Tuning

This shrutibox model has 13 chromatic notes from G to g' (G3 to G3 in scientific terms). Each of the twelve halftones occurs at least once in this range. To achieve a full sound, an additional fifth or fourth up or down can be played together with each note, offering multiple possibilities of tonics and harmonies.

In India, this shrutibox model is tuned in equal temperament to Western standard pitch with a = 440 hertz. However, due to lower average air temperatures, it may sound slightly higher at a = 441 to 442 hertz in Europe. The difference is so small, that even trained ears do not necessarily notice it. Nevertheless the difference may create problems in studio productions or when playing together with instruments with a tuning that can not easily be adjusted. Therefore we offer manual tuning to a = 440 hertz (or any other reference pitch close to that) on request. We can also supply custom-made shrutiboxes with considerably different tunings (e.g. a = 432 hertz) and ranges. Please contact us if you're interested in that.

Size

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