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Santoor is a Trapezoid shaped hammered dulcimer which is struck with light wooden mallets. The number of strings may be as few as 24 or more than 100. Typical sizes tend to be around 80. Santoor is made of woods mainly of Walnut, rosewood etc. The Indian santoor is more rectangular and can have more strings than the original Persian counterpart, which generally has 72 strings. The santoor as used in Kashmiri classical music The front and the back of the instrument are connected by sound posts whose positions play an important role in the sound quality of the instrument. The name means one hundred strings in Persian. The special-shaped mallets (mezrab) are lightweight and are held between the index and middle fingers. A typical Santur has two sets of bridges, providing a range of three octaves. The right-hand strings are made of brass, while the left-hand strings are made of steel. Santoor can also be kept as a showpiece as its has ethnic looks and is a marvelous piece of art.