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nick

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Hi, this is my first post on this site (and first post ever on a forum), so hi. I'm going to buy a sitar from Kala Kendar in the next little bit, and was wondering if you guys could help me out.

I'm looking at the:
Sitar Kolkatta Professional
http://www.kalakendar.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_51&products_id=105
Sitar Miraj Tun Hemraj
http://www.kalakendar.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_51&products_id=213
and the
Sitar KL Professional Kharaj Pancham
http://www.kalakendar.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_51&products_id=254

What is important to me is: Pundit Ravi Shankar Kharaj Pancham style tuning, a second gourd, and being able to grow into the sitar (I've never played, so this wont be too hard).

Also, what are your opinions on Kala Kendar (preferably from those who have dealt with them), and your opinions on the Sitar School Of Toronto.

Thanks
Nick
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Calcutta Professional - generally looks good. Brass tail piece doeasn't particulalry thrill me but that's just my preference. Carving and general fit/finish looks as good as anything coming out of India. Painted gourd another point of suspicion - just me again. Pegs are ok but the shafts are a bit rough.

Miraj Tun Hemraj - also generally well set up. The fit of some of the trim pieces is below standard, especially the white birds on the sound board. Too much gap and filler. Love the tail piece! Pegs ok. Main bridge is sandwiched. Bad dog! Bad dog! Sapwood legs also not good.

KL Professional - the nicest of the three based on the pictures available. Carving and varnish look the tighest and smoothest. Nice taraf pegs. The main peg bone tips could be a little more recessed into the handles. The main bridge looks like it has end caps. This allows a solid surface for the sawtooth edging but hides the true thickness of the actual bridge surface. Hmmmmm! Ten brass nails for the cap on the neck end ! ! ! Horse shoes don't get it this good ! ! !

Since you are going to the shop, play these sitars and as many as they can put up with. You may well find a dark horse that just prrrrrrs "take me home".

I've had good dealing with Kala Kendar in the past. You should do well.

Happy shopping !

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nick

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Hey, right on, thanks. Your reply was just what I was looking for.
I have another question about the KL Professional (the one you said looked the nicest). I was looking through the archived forums, and ran into one about the maker of the sitar, Kanai Lal and sons. The forum did not have the nicest things to say about this maker. Should I be worried?

Thanks again
Nick
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The Kanai Lal Sitars being made today are not the same maker as the famous Kanai Lal know for making some of the greatest sitars ever.
This does not mean that they are bad sitars. They might be OK.
For student models I am sure they can make a sitar that works just fine.
I would suggest though trying to get a better a sitar. It makes a big difference.
Check out some of these other sellers.
This list of sites are good honest sellers of nice sitars from student level to Professional concert level instruments.
Take your time and find the one that really turns you on.

http://www.aacm.org
http://www.SitarsEtc.com
http://www.karaseksound.com
http://www.raincitymusic.com
http://www.sitarsetc.com
http://www.keshav-music.com

You will have to spend a lot of time with your sitar if you want to be able to really play.
So you better get a nice sitar with a beautiful tone.
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I would say contact sitarschool.com before you commit at KK. He is in Toronto so you have nothing to lose. He has been playing and teaching in toronto for years and has some great sitars. He can set it up perfectly, and do the jawari to your liking.

Pb

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Originally Posted by "element-82"
I would say contact sitarschool.com before you commit at KK. He is in Toronto so you have nothing to lose. He has been playing and teaching in toronto for years and has some great sitars. He can set it up perfectly, and do the jawari to your liking.

Pb

I would second that opinion.....

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