M1 Shruti Box

Small, portable and robust, the M1 Shruti Box sets the standard for sound quality, craftsmanship and ease of use. It has taken us several years working with one of India's finest instrument makers to develop and refine the M1 to the instrument it is today.

Each instrument is hand-made using solid woods chosen for their acoustic properties. The body is made from pine which produces a full-bodied, resonant tone. The reed-board is made from Burmese teak, a hard wood with excellent tonal clarity and definition. High grade metal reeds are fitted in all our instruments. Every aspect of our instrument has been considered from the quality of the smallest brass screw to the type of lacquer finish and its effect on the sound.

The M1 uses a double-sided sprung bellows design.  This makes the instrument easy to play, while providing a smooth sustained drone sound with good volume control.

Three different tunings are available: C, A# and Low G each with a one octave chromatic scale based on A440 concert pitch. The instrument comes with a neat laptop style shoulder bag in charcoal grey. Dimensions: 38 x 25 x 6.5 cm. Weight: 2.5kg.


M1 C

Tonal range: One octave 13 tone chromatic scale from C3 to C4 (piano equivalent). Each of the thirteen reeds are individually tuned and voiced.
Pitch: A=440 standard concert
Sound:
Features brass light-gauge reeds for a responsive, bright and full tone with characteristic subtle harmonics (often described by players as a 'warm' and 'pleasing' sound). The M1 C is higher in pitch than the Low G.
Hear Sound (MP3 file opens in new window).
Watch Video of Karine Polwart playing and singing with the M1 C (opens in new window).
Hear the M1 C on BBC Radio 3(Select 'Listen to this item').
Percussion Groove: Musician Lee Holland having fun with the M1.
See and Hear the M1 C and Low G together
in action for the play Amphitryon by Moliere, performed by the National Theatre of Greece. Original Music by Greek composer Dimitris Kamaratos.
See and Hear the M1 C with the Bowring Foot Pedal We are the global supplier for the Bowring Foot Pedal, seen here played by Lloyd Williams.

M1 A#
Tonal range: One octave 13 tone chromatic scale from A#2 to A#3 (piano equivalent). Each of the thirteen reeds are individually tuned and voiced.
Pitch: A=440 standard concert
Sound: Features brass light-gauge reeds for a responsive, bright and full tone with characteristic subtle harmonics (often described by players as a 'warm' and 'pleasing' sound). . The M1 A# pitch starts two semi-tones lower than the C giving it a little extra depth. A# is an excellent key for singing groups with male and female voices.
Hear Sound (MP3 file opens in new window).

M1 LOW G
Tonal range:
One octave 13 tone chromatic scale from G2 to G3 (piano equivalent). Each of the thirteen reeds are individually tuned and voiced.
Pitch: A=440 standard concert
Sound:
Lowest pitch and deepest tone of our three tunings. Features bronze heavier-gauge reeds for tonal definition in the lower register. The pronounced harmonics give the Low G a full, rich and slightly darker tone than the brass reeds used on the C and A# model.

Hear Sound  (MP3 file opens in new window).
Hear the M1 Low G  as accompaniment to overtone singing by Francisco Lumbreras in a duet with the Shakuhachi flute.
Hear the M1 Low G  as accompaniment to Sam Lee's 'Goodbye My Darling' taken from the Mercury Prize nominated album 'Ground of its Own'.

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