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barend

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what is you opinion?

I think that is hard to hear the difference bewteen old(er) and new strings on a sitar. At least not as much as on a guitar or bass guitar. Here you hear that the new strings are sounding much brighter. On sitar I don't hear that difference so much.

I only change the main string when it breaks (usualy with a heavy meend) or when it is starting to make scratch sounds on the frets. That is usualy after 3 months or so. I use Roslau strings. And I play almost every day.
For the tarafs: I only change one when it breaks.
The other strings I hardly ever change. Sometimes the second string breaks. But the low Pa and the kharaj never break.

So, how often do you change strings?
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If you clean the strings every time you play and occasionally clean them with a metal cleaner they should last a long time.
I usually change all of the strings at one time.
I change the Sympathetic strings when I change the main strings.
But I did buy a big roll of the Ma main string.
This I change every couple of weeks.
It is the most important string and sounds much better if it is not too old.
You can get a big roll of this string that will last for a few years.

The main thing is to wipe the strings down after playing to get sweat and Oil off of them.
They should last a good long time.
I used to scotchbrite the strings every once in a while but I found that it scratches up the strings and makes the Ma string make a grinding noise when you meend.
It is best just to clean them with a metal cleaner and a cloth.
Dont use anything abrasive.

With guitar I have to change the strings at least every two weeks.
When I used to play all the clubs on the Sunset strip here in LA I would change the strings every few days.
On a guitar you can really hear and feel the difference.
I have destroyed a set of guitar strings at one show.
They just sort of die.

The sitar strings do not have the wound outer layer that collects dirt and oil on a guitar string.
Im not sure why the top three (unwound) die so quickly on a guitar.
But after a day or two they lose the fire in the sound.
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I clean with a cloth the strings every time after playing. I don't think new strings sound much better. I also have strings on a roll for each string besides the kharaj.
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