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The Shrutibox, also called Surpeti,
produces a sustained and resonant drone. This instrument
is very easy to handle and requires hardly any playing
skills. It is mainly used for accompanying singing (overtone
singing, chanting etc.). Its functioning is very similar
to the Harmonium, however it does not have a keyboard.
On both sides of the instrument bellows can be released.
The top of the opened bellows is pumped by hand. Inside
the instrument, air is pressed through metal reeds which
are set vibrating by this. They produce the appropriate
sound when the corresponding valve on the outside of the
instrument (see top photo - the white levers) has been
opened. 12 chromatic notes of an octave can be selected
by opening the valves and thus make the adjustment to
the singing voice possible. For a beautiful, sonorous
sound it is recommended to select also the corresponding
fifth of the basic note or the lower fourth. But you can
also choose any combination of chords you like. When playing
the note C the octave is achieved by opening the 13th
playing, the two bellows that are concealed at the front
and the back face of the instrument, have to be released.
After that, the valves have to be released or opened by
turning the white levers sideways. In doing this, a single
drone or, by combining them, full chords can be produced.
The pair of bellows that is opening out at the top, is
continuously pumped with one hand by which air gets through
the body of the instrument and into the second pair of
bellows. While doing this, the tone that you have defined
by opening the valves, is resonating. You can control
the volume a little by pumping more gently or more strongly.
Because of the easy handling, you can play the instrument
in any desired position, even while walking. You can run
a shoulder strap through the upper handle of the instrument.
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