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Thread #111097   Message #3042361
Posted By: Tootler
28-Nov-10 - 06:43 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Shruti Boxes - Thoughts?
Subject: RE: Tech: Shruti Boxes - Thoughts?
Only just got round to replying to this. The rest of my life intruded :-)

My box looks pretty much as shown on the M1 shruti box website and the construction is as described here. The case, including the front and rear panels are of solid wood construction and are stained an even colour. The "keys" are even in size and shape. The bellows are of stiff paper with leather joints. Nothing wrong with that as a similar type of construction is widely used for concertina bellows

You need to work the bellows fairly slowly and steadily returning it more quickly than you squeeze it. It will give an even steady tone if worked that way. You need to be careful not to let the secondary bellows become too inflated or it can take some time for the sound to stop after you have finished singing. For me at least, that was the the thing that needed most work and I still get it wrong. I have a habit of closing my eyes when singing and you need to keep an eye on the bellows so I need to practice singing with my eyes open.