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cwroyds

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I was playing on that old Kanai Lal last night and was really amazed at how easy and accurate meend was. I could hit the notes dead on tune and the feel was smooth and easy. Kinda spongy like a Surbahar.
My Hiren Roy is good with meend but not as easy as this one.
Plus I can meend farther, more easily on the Kanai Lal.
Re to Pa was no big strain.
The strings are not looser and the frets are very similar.

Sooooo... My question is, what makes meend easier on some sitars than others.
Is it something about the construction, shape of frets, length of scale or something else?
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Yes. Yes. Yes and yes.
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8) 8) 8) well......there you go.
Sometimes you answer your own questions without knowing it.
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Hey CW... My first teacher had a vintage Kanai Lal (Gandhar Pancham style). The thing played like butter, it was a dream! Vilayet Khan was even interested in buying it from him but he wouldn't let it go. Interestingly, it seemed a bit smaller and sleeker than a standard-cut modern Hiren Roy.

It might just have been perfectly set up and well broken in. The nice thing about sitars is they can be dramatically improved in tone and playability with just a little expert tweaking. Still, it would be really interesting to do an analysis of a really good sounding, easy playing sitar just to try and freeze-frame the magic a bit.

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