INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Bronze or Brass wire?


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Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 23, 2003 03:21 p.m.

I need to order more wire, I am unsure which is better bronze or brass. I have Phosphor Bronze Wire now, which seems a little bit prone to ring more that I would like. I wonder if the brass would be better or worse.

I think the 4th string I have now (tuned to ''Pa) is brass (it is lighter in colour).

( BTW I am ordering bulk wire from forte piano.)

Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 12:04 a.m.

Stick with bronze for sitar, the tone is a bit of a different tone from brass, but bronze is a bit more stable as far as tension is concerned. I know that Carnatic musician favor brass and wound copper for gottuvadyam, and veena, but it is pretty much never used in the north perhaps because of the tone.
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 01:16 a.m.

Hey pb

My 4th string is brass and I much prefer the tone to the phosphur bronze : )

Looks like the chart I have says #28 size - .02765 inch


Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 09:16 a.m.

thanks AJ and ted,
maybe I'll stick with the bronze. I don't tune to karaj pancham because of the excessive ringing of the 3rd and 4th strings. I thought maybe I could swap in a brass one and ease the twang. Maybe I'll have to add the hooks to quiet them next.


Re:Getting those calluses Oct 24, 2003 03:49 p.m.

If you don't feel you're building up callus fast enough Billy, playing w/o oil is an option, as well...........

I had a 2 week lapse here not too long ago and the outer layer I had to "rebuild"
The good part was, it seemed that what was underneath that upper layer was still intact, and when I went back to work, I only had 2 small blisters to deal with, which the henna paste took care of quickly, within a few days I was back on track
Play every single day, that's the best way to build your callus

Good luck

Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 03:28 p.m.

well, if you can afford it, I would say try out the brass and see what you think!

I know how that phosphur bronze "rings" and for sitar, that's a little much (just my personal taste speaking here)

I very much like the tone of the brass, though...
It just sounds better to me

If you do try it out, let us know what you think!

See ya!

Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 05:07 p.m.

Hey AJ,
you read my mind. I ordered both. For $4 or so for something like 30 ft, it is not a problem. I use a slightly smaller gauge ma string too.


Re:Bronze or Brass wire? Oct 24, 2003 09:28 p.m.

wow pb

sounds like a pretty good deal!

yeah, be sure to let us know what ya think once you've tried it out! good to hear from a differerent ear : )

boy ya sure can't go wrong for $4!


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