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kamalehi

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hello everyone,
i just wanted to share some pics of my guru's sitar that I am in the process of repairing.
it has a very closed sound, reminiscent of a surbahar, and it has a very unusual taraf bridge and setup. here are the pics!
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/kamalehi/Picture313.jpg
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http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/kamalehi/CopyofPicture313.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/kamalehi/Picture303.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/kamalehi/Picture304.jpg
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Lars

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Very nice! Reminds me of a sitar I saw Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan playing somewhere.....
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A very beautiful instrument! The deflection of the tarafs really catches my eye. I simply have not seen anything like that before. The placement of the birds, as well as the design of the 'necklace' are very nice as well. Thank you for sharing.

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Oh, Yeah ! ! ! Now THAT is some kind of gorgeous vintage sitar ! Beautiful ! Love that chikari post. The "Dilrubaesque" rigging of the taraf strings on the neck is interesting. With the sitar length neck and extended spacing, the fret collision problem with the string feed must be minimal if even an issue. Love the "Mickey Mouse" pegs. Taraf bridge is interesting as well. Kinda like some old Sur-Bahars I've seen. This instrument is a real "Ratna" ! Thank you for sharing.
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OOHH Very nice!!

Is there a crack in the toomba? That shot of the gullu & top of the gourd, there looks like a bad scratch or an actual crack.

Sound Byte?!??!!?
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kamalehi

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yes there is, actually when she brought it from India, it sustained a lot of damage in the toomba, (in which I am helping her fix) the gullu is completely fine, but there are about 4 cracks in the gourd.
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Gourd cracks - "Scotch" brand 2" wide clear packing tape and Elmer's or similar carpenters glue. Works like a champ! Cleans up with a wet paper towel the following day. Enjoy !
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coyootie

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very innaresting! is there no bone/celluloid/whatever under the frets? just wood?
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kamalehi

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yes, no celluloid or ivory under the frets! just a simple wood railing and a wooden arch.
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rex@sitar.co.za

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Hey, can anyone explain to me what "celluloid" is anyway?

Plastic?
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trippy monkey

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Celluloid
I always thing of film/movie stock when people say celluloid. It's a kind of plastic but I call these kinds of bits on sitar, cellulose. Not sure if it's oil based or resin/tree based.

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Celluloid is the name of a class of compounds created from nitrocellulose and camphor, plus dyes and other agents. Generally regarded to be the first thermoplastic, it was first created as Parkesine in 1856 and as Xylonite in 1869 before being registered as Celluloid in 1870. Celluloid is easily molded and shaped, and it was first widely used as an ivory replacement. Celluloid is highly flammable and also easily decomposes, and is no longer widely used. Its most common uses today are the table tennis ball and guitar picks.


...from Wikipedia

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rex@sitar.co.za

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Thanks guys, that's interesting!

Does anyone know when it was first used on sitars?
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Couldn't find that but found this...interesting...

http://www.sitar.co.za/pdf/Sitar_Making_In_India.pdf

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Yup, That is an interesting article by Scott Hackleman.

I am so excited that this weekend Scott is going to be in LA and will be restoring my old Kanai Lal to its rightful glory.
He is building a new bridge using old Stag horn he has.
In less than a week my Kanai Lal will be singing.
I cant wait.

Scott Hackleman is THE DUDE when it comes to fixin the old sitars.
(Of course Tony K is also THE DUDE at that stuff but he aint gonna be in LA this weekend. 8) )
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