INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: New Bridge New Strings Thin sound


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New Bridge New Strings Thin sound Nov 18, 2003 12:40 a.m.

I broke my SA string this morning so I decided to change all the top strings since they were sounding kind of beat. While I was at it I figured I'd switch bridges. I have a MPS Rose Petal so I had an extra that had Jawari already. Now the problem is that the sitar sounds different, kind of "thin" sounding, just not as full as when the old the old bridge was on.
They look exactly alike, same height and same width. So what gives?? Lars? Unkie Ken? Stephen? anybody have a clue?
I'm very fond of how the sitar sounded before,,, but I could get used to this sound. How could two seemingly exact bridges give off a totally different tone?

Just curious and a little baffled!

Could it be due to some density differences in the material?

Re:New Bridge New Strings Thin sound Nov 18, 2003 09:22 a.m.

Hello, The bridges may appear to be similar, but as you discovered they are not. Even a fraction of a millimeter difference in the bridge feet or actual bone surface will affect the sound...and I'd guess??? the second bridge was not tweaked for final playing. Just approximated. Try not to get to attached to any Jawari sound because it will change within a few week/months of playing unless you do a mini Jawari after each practice session. That's my best guess...
Re:New Bridge New Strings Thin sound Nov 18, 2003 09:28 a.m.

Hi have to 'cut' the jawari, play it in...jawari is supposed to have been done for the one you have, make sure the number written on the bridge matches the number of your sitar. It take some time to break the bridge in which is why it's not sounding like the one you're used to.
Re:Taking my ball and going home Dec 13, 2003 07:35 a.m.

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