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Anyone here have a sitar? I've been looking but having no experience with them, what do I need to look for? Even the cheesy looking instruments are touted as " professional quality". How's to tell?

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I've wanted to learn to play sitar for too long, it's time to stop wanting and start doing. There seems to be a push in my (musical) life that's in a different direction than planned,( yes, I know,).

 

Of all the instruments around here, I'm gravitating to the gongs, singing bowls, and such. Two types of instruments I've wanted to learn are hand pans and sitar. I've played a couple hand pans, some are magical instruments. Sitar? I'm pretty much in The dark. I figured pretty much like checking fit and finish on any other instrument . My luthier has experience working with them so thats a leg up, thank you Gary Hudson!

 

I saw some modern looking things with all machine tuners and while that appeals to the practical it left me totally cold... Some of the double toomba swan heads I've seen were exquisite workmanship and looked sturdy yet graceful? Ganesh?

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I assure you my approach will be anything but strictly traditional but I make no apologies. I do hold to the concept of trying to understand the correct workings of a thing before one starts taking liberties with the alternative routes to be explored... Sometimes...

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I was recently given an instrument that's basically a short-neck sitar. The person who gave it to me called it an 'Ourd' but goole doesn't know what that is. Like a sitar, it has a wide, hollow neck, a gourd body, and movable arched frets. I think it has 6 fretted strings and 12 drone strings. Sadly, the bridge is missing so it's a wall-hanger decoration. I would really like to have it playable again, but that means finding a new bridge and I don't think that will be easy.

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Check your spelling - I believe it's spelled "Oud" - then again, it could be another instrument with a coincidentally similar name for all I know... :idk::0:D

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I looked at Teh ouds... Didn't ring true on that... There are several variations of sitar like instruments aren't there? Like a bass sitar and isn't there one with less drones and primaries?

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I'll post some pictures of the instrument in question when I figure out how to resize them... I guess my instrument does fit the formal definition of a sitar, but it's a shorter scale than other sitars I've seen, either in person or in photos. I think it only has 5 fretted strings, not six. And the gourd is cracked in the back, bummer. I'll get a tape measure so I can get a better idea of the scale and length too, but I'm guessing it's close to guitar scale, somewhere around 24 to 27 inches, and the total length of the instrument is about 3 feet long.

 

This is the age of the internet and international shipping, I'm sure it's possible to get one shipped from India. Whether or not it arrives intact is a different question.

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I'm going to suggest to both of you that you immediately, and with great haste, find, procur, or steal a copy of any of Ravi Shankar's works. The video of the "Monterrey Pop Festival" would be a great starting place, from a visual standpoint. Of all the pop icons that performed there...His performance was pure, unadulterated transcendence.

 

I never considered the Sitar. I never could be worthy of laying prostate at his feet.

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You have the right attitude... Or so I'm told..

 

 

 

Im holding off on the sitar for a bit... Another gong is already in transit... Yay!

 

 

 

Yes, I'm a gong addict.

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no... but im up to three gongs and looking... lusting after a 52" chau, currently... if so, i am seriosly going to go to a two person load and set up... in truth, my new obsession with bronze resonant instruments has had me pretty well entranced for the past year... i think the only new instrument since has been a bali hand pan

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I have one. Things I have learned:

1. If you don't do yoga the sitting position will tax you.

2. The pick, called a mizrab, will also cause pain-it pinches your index finger pretty good.

3. According to the teacher I took a few lessons with, the joke about sitars is that they take a year to tune, and stay in tune for five minutes.

4. Don't buy a cheap one. Mine was an ebay deal and it broke pretty quickly. Teacher said she had seen much worse.

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most awesome! I sit for hours playing gongs and singing bowls. ive found a good base is key... I use a moon meditation seat system that's pretty comfortable sitting lotus even for extended sessions. but not supporting an instrument either. definitely considering a single tumba.

#s 2 & 3 I'm figuring goes with the territory as well but then I'm not known for staying anywhere near inside the box for long.

​now, #4... everything is relative... ive been looking at one piece, no neck joint and they seem to run around 1800 to 2200 u.s.d. for what I'm assuming to be decent mid level instrument?

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Yes,,

1,800-2,200 is a lot more than I paid-mine was about 600.00 on ebay, and it's a lefty. Teach said I should have bought from the local Indian music school. I'm sure she was right. I thought I'd use it for recording, but all those strings........tuning that thing.......I'm a bit lazy these days about recording. It does sound amazing though.

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