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trippymonkey

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Anyone here heard of these dealers in mostly sitar oriented things on AMAZON???? Been on a while now ?!!?!?!?
Here's an example of their rip-off ads !!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sitar-Taraf-Tuning-Handle-Ebony/dp/B000N30JJQ/ref=sr_1_41?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1443992557&sr=1-41&keywords=sitar

It goes on to say this item, a narkar or sitar peg tuning wooden thingy will weigh 4.3 KG when it's packed ??????????

This simple tuning peg will cost me
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William

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Ha
last August I purchased a gopichand from Lark in the Morning
and one month later I purchased my first sitar from Lark in the Morning...here in the US
both instruments had the Banjira label...
I'm not too sure about the quality of both, but have the feel that Banjira mass produces stuff to be sold here in the west.
Since I haven't a clue as to how to convert the English monetary system into US dollars, are those pegs and tarab tuning wrench a steal...
or just a rip off?
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Lars

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Banjira isn't a dealer, it's the in-house brand of Mid-East Mfg. which is an importing company in the US. Most of their Indian classical instruments are from Bhargava. They have an army of resellers on ebay and online and probably make up 40% of all the stuff you see for sale there. Another 40% is from one business in Delhi who operate under many different business names and multiple websites but it's the same person. Then the rest are other small businesses or individuals.

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