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MARTIN SPAINK
Sarasvati Vina
This is the main stringed instrument in South Indian music, named in honour of the goddess of Wisdom, Music and Science, the Sarasvati Vina. The rounded body is carved out of a single block of wood, which developed a few nasty cracks, which were rather tricky to repair. The bronze side bridge, which supports the three drone and rhythm strings, had been lost long ago. On the basis of another original, I had a new one cast in sand and fitted it. Both the main bridge and the side bridge have to be shaped meticulously to create the proper sound. (see link: jivari)
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