INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: making your own mizrabs


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making your own mizrabs May 29, 2003 05:06 p.m.

I would like to make a few mizrabs. I have pretty big hands and the one I have covers only my finger tip. I saw a few sitar dealers yesterday, but they had the same ones. Besides, it might be fun

What kind of wire do I use? (is hardness an issue)
Does anyone have tips or diagrams? (I think I'll take one of mine apart if need be).


Re:making your own mizrabs May 29, 2003 07:38 p.m.

I've heard that making a mizrab is hard to do. I have big hands too, so I use the largest size I can find but still have it fit tight so its doesn't wobble.

The gauge of the steel, plus distance from the middle of the joint to about a quarter inch beyond the fingertip are two things that are important. Look on Lar's site under mizrabs. He gives a pretty good explaination of how mizrabs are fashioned, plus the various sizes.

Re:making your own mizrabs May 29, 2003 09:18 p.m.

Hi Paul,
It's difficult to make mizrabs, I have tried with even a light gauge wire (about 1/2 the size thickness of the mizrabs I get), didn't have much luck. There is a diagram in the book "The Sitar" by Manfred Junius showing how they're made. If you need a nice custom fitted mizrab, I have them and pick them out according to your finger measurments so there's little if any guesswork. But if you have some #7 to #9 piano wire laying around then give it a try.....!


Re:making your own mizrabs May 30, 2003 08:30 a.m.

Thanks for the tips. I'll get a sm coil next time I order from piano forte. I think it would be interesting to do. I actually made a crude one with two paper clips! It was a bit nasty
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