The Sarod evolved from the Rebab; some refer to it as a bass Rebab. It is a relatively recent instrument, having its origins perhaps no more than 200 years ago. Its overall shape is like a pendulum- pointed and thin on top, at the peg box, and full and round at the bottom, the resonator. 17 metal strings run along the steel faceplate & over movable frets on this rosewood instrument. There are 8 played strings, 2 drone strings and 7 sympathetic strings. The bridge is set on a membranous soundboard. Floral inlays and a brass toomba add to the visual interest. It is played with a pick made of coconut shell. Includes case.