HELP with Saraswati Veena Fretboard

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HELP with Saraswati Veena Fretboard

Post by Butyalil » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:25 pm

We just got our old Veena repaired. The person repairing is a very good crafts man. However he has lowered the wax part on the fret board so that the string wont be so high. He also lowered the bridge.The wax part is now the same hight all along the board. the sound has changed. No longer the deep beautiful sound. Can that be because of the change of the hight of the wax part on the fret board?
Does anyone know whether it is important how much wax is used and how high the fretboard becomes?

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Re: HELP with Saraswati Veena Fretboard

Post by martin spaink » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:08 pm

I should think that a change of the sound in this case is brought about by the work on the bridge. If the bridge is lowered (at the underside of the feet of the bridge I assume?) it diminishes the angle of the strings over the bridge, and with that, the downward pressure on the bridge. Even if the work was done well and the feet now still have a full-on cantact with the tabli, lowering it may have changed the sound. Whyever was that done? It seems a lot of work but to what purpose?

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Re: HELP with Saraswati Veena Fretboard

Post by adem9438 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:40 am

Balachander is my favorite saraswati veena player.
From what I have read and seen on videos he used several 'new' techniques in his playing:
-bending strings behind the nut
-playing the chikaris with his thumb instead of little finger
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