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A Bin or Vina Player

THIS plate shows the position of a player upon the Bin or Vina of the
North of India. The vina of the South, described in the next plate,
is sometimes called the Rudra vina, in distinction to the bin or Mahati
vina. As will be seen, this is a fretted instrument, the frets being arranged at
semitonic intervals. The tuning differs from that of the Southern vina, and two
gourd resonators take the place of the w^ooden pear-shaped body. It is worthy of
note that an instrument of this description was described by Mersenne in 1636.“