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Lars wrote:It is so they have an extra one and they don't lose them.
Is that so? I also wondered why they do it. You can just as well put it on one of the taraf pegs. It doesn't feel natural and convenient to me to place a spare mizrab on my pinky.
Been wearing mizrabs as rings for too many years. The kirlian effect lasts for hours after I take the thing off. Mizrabs , larger ones especially can fall off the peg. I've picked up dozens of them over the years from that. Best bet is to lift up the high chikari string off its post, slip the mizrab over the post and let the string keep it in place. If anybody asks about the ring, I just tell them the stone fell out !
Sitarfixer wrote: Best bet is to lift up the high chikari string off its post, slip the mizrab over the post and let the string keep it in place.
That's a cool trick Tony! Never thought about doing that. Just don't like it on my pinky when I am playing. I always keep a spare one around the taraf pegs. I am playing with the same mizrab for over 8 years now I think. It has nice thick wire and I was unable to find that same wire mizrab again. Would like to have a few more of the exact same ones but I don't remember where I bought them.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just keep a bag of mizrabs in the sitar case? I know that wasn’t an option decades ago when Ravi Shankar was wearing them as rings and he had to carry his instrument around in a silk bag, but it’s 2016 and we have big fiberglass cases now.
Well, yuuuuhhh ! The mizrab held with the chikari post will rattle around while playing. Lift the chikari string, remove the offending mizrab, replace the string on the post, put the mizrab on the index finger and play yer brains out ! ! !
Actually, it's 2017 now and I still manage to lose my adorable little red velvet mizrab bags. Max the cat has better luck finding them than I do although I suspect he's the one who relocates these bags in the first place. I've lost more than one bag of prized mizrabs over the years so I keep extras in cases, on chikari posts, on my pinky and on the instrument display stands. Thinking about making a mizrab tool to roll my own.
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