Featured: Kartal With Zingle Fail
Do you think maybe its time for new kartal instruments?
Kartal are popular in group kirtan especially during Rain sabaee which goes on all night. Kartal zingles are paired together to produce a tinkling jingle sound, and generally hold up for several years. However with regular play kartal do eventually fail. I have literally seen piles of sawdust beneath two wooden kartal being clapped together by a kirtan enthusiast. After 12 hours of continuous vigorous play, the metal strips may loosen, or brass zingles wear through, and fall out.
Do your kartal look like these?
Photo © [S Khalsa]