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Santoor (India) - Santoor Hammers
The santur is a Persian hammered dulcimer similar to the Indian
The santoor is a trapezoid -shaped hammered dulcimer often made of walnut, with seventy strings. The special-shaped mallets (mezrab) are lightweight and are held between the index and middle fingers. A typical santoor has two sets of bridges, providing a range of three octaves.
The santoor is a hammered dulcimer derived from the Persian santur (which is believed to be the first instrument of its type), and related to similar instruments in Iraq Pakistan Turkey and other parts of Central Asia.
The Indian santoor is more rectangular and can have more strings than the original Persian counterpart, which generally has 72 strings. The santoor as used in Indian classical musician is played with a pair of curved mallets made of walnut wood and the resultant melodies are similar to the music of the harp harpsichord or piano. The sound chamber is also made of walnut wood and the bridges are made of local wood and painted dark like ebony. The strings are made of steel from Germany and England.
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