2020 Mohammad Waseem Teak Surbahar

Almost all instruments acquired directly from the maker can be improved on receipt. On this one, we installed a large wood block inside the tumba to anchor the foot, completely refinished the tumba in a 1950s style, reworked the polish on the entire surbahar, and replaced all of the wire, including substituting the bronze kharaj with round-wound brass.

The result is an instrument with a wall-rattling low end and endless sustain owing to the massive headstock. We can only imagine what it will sound like in a year or so, when it is fully broken in.