Monoj Kumar Sardar medium

Our shrutibox Monoj Kumar Sardar medium is a great all-purpose box with a balanced, warm, full sound and attractive solid wood design.

EU: 279 € (incl. bag)
incl. 19% VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 6.90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 234.45 € (incl. bag)
plus 6.90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The shrutibox medium combines the pros of bigger and smaller shrutiboxes into an interesting hybrid. It is considerably lighter than Monoj Kumar Sardar's shrutibox large, making it a rather pleasant instrument to carry. At the same time it has noticeably bigger bellows than Monoj Kumar Sardar's and Paloma's shrutiboxes small, which even facilitates a fairly constant sound of chords. The shrutibox medium is the only Monoj Kumar Sardar model with side parts made of solid wood instead of laminated wood, giving it an especially attractive appearance.

Features

13 chromatically tuned notes from c to c' (C3 to C4 in scientific terms); frame, sides and valves made of solid teak wood; surfaces with silk mat synthetic varnish; feet, handle and latch made of metall; bellows made of cardboard with leather blockings; including sturdy bag.

General Info

Shrutiboxes are not always tuned to Western a = 440 Hertz. In many cases they are set slightly higher to a = 442 Hertz. However, bigger variations up or down can occur as well. This can cause problems in playing together with Western instruments with fixed tuning (e.g. piano). IF YOU INTEND USING YOUR SHRUTIBOX IN A CONTEXT WHICH REQUIRES EXACT TUNING ACCORDING TO A SPECIFIC WESTERN STANDARD, PLEASE MENTION SO IN YOUR ORDER! We'll be glad to select or tune your shrutibox according to your requirements.

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

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 medium Monoj Kumar Sardar shrutiboxes set to the following tonics as well: G, G#, A, A#, 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!

Size

Measure: 38 x 27 x 8 cm, weight: 2.7 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.