INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Bridge feet

 

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Neal
Bridge feet Mar 22, 2003 10:16 p.m.


I understand there are 2 schools of thought as to how the jawari bridge should contact the tabli:

1) The entire surface of both feet in flush contact with tabli.

2)Just the four outer corners in contact.

Does anyone have any thoughts or knowledge re: this in terms of better energy transmission from bridge to tabli to tarabs e.g.


Neal

PS Both the bridges that came with my sitar did not sit perfectly flush, both somewhat uneven- is this really important?

K.K.
Re:Bridge feet Mar 23, 2003 01:16 p.m.


Hi Neal: I asked this same question to Brian at Silverbush Music. His answer was that the whole bottom surface of the feet were to contact the tabli.
Russ
Re:Bridge feet Mar 24, 2003 02:18 p.m.


Neal;
Own an Mangla? If so, loosen the strings and remove the bridge. See the bare spots on the tabli? That's so the bridge has full contact with it. The more full the contact, the more energy is transferred. Better the sound. If its not flush, I would sand it a bit so that it is.
Neal
Re:Bridge feet Mar 24, 2003 04:33 p.m.


Hi Russ,

Not an official member of the Culture Club, but yes it's a Mangla. This is where I ran into some trouble recently. The feet were not at all flush, so I sanded it a bit to achieve a better contact, and lo and behold - the sound of the jawari had changed (duh, Neal). So I couldn't take too much off the feet for obvious reasons, so I went up to the jawari surface to correct the sound...big mistake. I have been talking to Lars as to see how to fix this mess, so stay tuned. I was pretty bummed for a couple days when it happened, but I guess that's the only way to learn. - i.e. to dive in and get your hands dirty. Neal


Neal;
Own an Mangla? If so, loosen the strings and remove the bridge. See the bare spots on the tabli? That's so the bridge has full contact with it. The more full the contact, the more energy is transferred. Better the sound. If its not flush, I would sand it a bit so that it is.[/quote]

Lars
Re:Bridge feet Mar 24, 2003 11:36 p.m.


I think maybe this question is because of a drawing the the Junius book depicting the feet as curved with 4 corners touching? I believe the intent was to show that the legs were matching the curve of the tabli but the illustration was a little out of proportion......Better to have it all touching for optimal transmission of the string energy.
Lars
sitarsrule
Re:Bridge feet Mar 25, 2003 01:26 a.m.


I have had the same thing happen, you need to get a very light sand paper(very light) lay it on the face of the sitar where the bridge will go, must looen all the strings & get them out of the way slowly move the bridge feet across the paper at the same time , each time eye how it sets on the sitar and appears flush. this is the best way to do this if you haven't had mush practice doing this type of job, and I still like to do it it this way its a bit more fool proof. I've done about 10 of these to date so like myself we live and learn.........Peace
jan
Re:Bridge feet Mar 25, 2003 01:06 p.m.


My magic question is, where on the tabli should the jawari feet be placed.
I would just like to know if there is any formula to where the jawari should be according to the length of the strings and the scale.

I have asked before without geting any answers, can anyone help me with this.

I guess it would be easy to place it where it was when it came from the shop, But then again i have seen sitars with a loose jawari and a comment from the sales people that this is n adjustable option. place it where you think it sounds the best.

Personaly i think it must be with the sitar as with other stringed instruments with a bridge. that here is a "formula" on where to place the bridge to obtain perfect intonation and tuning.


Jan

K.K.
Re:Bridge feet Mar 25, 2003 03:50 p.m.


Hi Jan: Try this:
http://www.buckinghammusic.com/sitar/sittut/btut.html
K.K.
Re:Bridge feet Mar 25, 2003 04:59 p.m.


Jan: If you're more of a visual learner, Ashwin Batish's "Tweaking Your Sitar" video explains this very well. He shows how to set up the bridge and the frets for correct intonation, and lots of other tweaks. You might be able to find a used copy on ebay.
jan
Re:Bridge feet Mar 26, 2003 02:24 a.m.


Thanks K.K!

... it describes exactly what im looking for.


Thanx a lot

Jan

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