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Surbahar (half size)

A traditional Surbahar is essentially a bass sitar. It is substantially larger and is tuned anywhere from four steps to an octave lower than a regular sitar.

This Surbahar is half-sized, so I call it the Surba-Half. It plays just like a sitar, and because of the shorter neck, it's tuned like a sitar as well. It is about 3/4 the size of a normal sitar. A pickup has been added so it can be amplified. The tiger profile carving on the bottom gourd is a knee-rest, so the instrument can be played while sitting in a chair, as opposed to the traditional crossed-legged style, in which the player sits on the floor.

Close-up of the carving on the headstock

Another view showing the double-tumba or extra gourd resonator, which naturally amplifies the sound


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