Thomann Nataraj Surpeti Shruti Box Mal

Surpeti Shruti Box

  • Bellows instrument
  • Hardwood body with metal fittings
  • Plastic handle
  • 13 Keys in semitone steps from c to c '
  • Dimensions: 26 x 36.5 x 6.8 cm
  • Includes bag
12 Customer Ratings
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Nice for practicing of performing certain kinds of world music.
Filam, 20.12.2020
First of all i have to say I don't use the Shruti Box for Indian music. I use it for accompanying "a cappella" traditional air-like European songs.

Beautiful sound for the low notes (C-F?). After a bit of practising with pumping it is able to give a nice continuous drone.

The higher the notes you use, the more they start lacking body and sound more shrill. You probably won't use the higher notes for solo performances. I haven't been able to compare this tone to more expensive Shruti boxes. Maybe this it inherent to the way these traditional instruments are designed and built.

Tuning seems OK to me (though I haven't measured it). It is possible to open more than one note at the same time (to add a 5th or a 3rd...).

The first Shruti Box that was shipped had one note that did not work. It was replaced immediately by Thomann.

Conclusion: as most of the songs I practise need drones around the low D it suits my needs very well and I am happy with it!
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Nice traditional instrument!
Asterios, 03.12.2018
I like folk and traditional instruments (I have bought many from Thomann!) I've bought this Indian Shruti box to use it as a sound effect when playing music live, for vocal training and for meditation purposes! You can use it to play single notes or chords (13 chromatic keys from c to c')
The sound production (air) reminds a very simple accordion!
Let's see some pros & cons!
Pros:
*Nice note sustain (useful for drone-pads!)
*It comes with a metal handle (better than the plastic one that was used on previous model!)
* Comes with a bag!

Cons:
*It's not so responsive always! Sometimes, some keys, don't have fast response and you have to wait some seconds to hear the sound (that's why I put 4/5 stars!)
* A footswitch option (pumping air) could be useful, so you can play the Shruti Box, alone, along with guitar or another instrument!

All in all, a nice Indian traditional instrument from Thomann!
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Replycant, 14.10.2019
Very nice drone.
One complete octave that allows to be played with different instruments with different scales.
Sometimes, if played with more than one note or a complete chord, it needs more pressure to the sound be eared perfectly.
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Afterjune, 28.04.2020
bonjour,
cette shruti box devait servir d’accompagnement pour chanteur, en cours de voix.
Cette shruti box a plusieurs points faibles :
Une qualité de son qui varie en fonction de l'intensité ( les hauteurs de notes changent en fonction du débit d'air, bref ça module et c'est faux). La durée des notes est très courtes par rapport aux durées de Shruti box traditionnelles. Le soufflet nécessite d'être manipulé avec une grande vélocité pour pourvoir garder la tenue de note. Et le bourdon s'arrête de manière assez brutal lorsqu'on cesse le mouvement, bien Loin donc de l'arrêt progressif attendu d'une shruti box.
point positif : Son volume sonore est tout à fait correct.
Son esthétique est certes rudimentaire, mais au vu du prix cela parait cohérent. dommage...
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