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mrahul

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I am looking to buy my 2nd set of tabla. I bought my 1st one some 3 years ago when I began learning, but at that time, a friend of mine selected it for me. I understand that one of the important points to be checked is the quality of naad coming out of it. Are there other specific points that I should check before buying the tabla or play specific series of bols to see how they sound?

Will the tabla maker generally mind if I want spend some time at his shop, to try out playing a few sets of tabla and select the best sounding one? (I mean is that something that is usually done).


Thanks again.
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I am looking to buy my 2nd set of tabla. I bought my 1st one some 3 years ago when I began learning, but at that time, a friend of mine selected it for me. I understand that one of the important points to be checked is the quality of naad coming out of it. Are there other specific points that I should check before buying the tabla or play specific series of bols to see how they sound?

Will the tabla maker generally mind if I want spend some time at his shop, to try out playing a few sets of tabla and select the best sounding one? (I mean is that something that is usually done).


Thanks again.
One place to start is here ....

http://divyangvakil.com/index.php/writings/4-music/49-important-things-consider-when-purchasing-tabla

But I suspect that the information above is probably more or less familiar to you.

Do you live somewhere where there are actual tabla shops you can visit!? If so, I quite envy you. I doubt there's a tabla shop within 1000 miles from where I live (middle of USA).


Pascal

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pbercker

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My "advice" (very loosely put!) on buying a tabla ...

First, be sure to distinguish between a right-handed tabla and left-handed tabla:

Here's a right handed-tabla:

http://imageshack.us/a/img62/3673/righthandedtabladrumsco.jpg

and here's a left-handed tabla:

http://imageshack.us/a/img515/2135/lefthandtabla2e.jpg


Be sure that the sayhi is properly centered on the dayan and off-set on the bayan. Don't get one that looks like this (although it looks amazingly clean!):

http://imageshack.us/a/img26/9202/artificaltabla.jpg

and really don't get one that looks like this ... I don't know what's wrong with it, but it's ill-looking...

http://imageshack.us/a/img28/2051/cupcaketabla.jpg

... maybe that was a cupcake, and not a tabla!


Be sure it's not been hastily repaired like this one ...

http://imageshack.us/a/img803/7699/olddayan3.jpg

and there's so much wrong with this dayan I don't know where to begin...

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/3912/olddayan.jpg

It's generally preferred that a bayan have somekind of sayhi, unlike this one....

http://imageshack.us/a/img152/4251/oldbaya3.jpg

And especially be sure that it's not been played by a robot ...

http://imageshack.us/a/img9/6938/tablacentrichammerprint.jpg


ok... well that about does it. Any questions?



Pascal
p.s. needless to say, these old tablas were actually all various museum pieces of 19th century tablas.

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hbajpai

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First, be sure to distinguish between a right-handed tabla and left-handed tabla:
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pbercker

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First, be sure to distinguish between a right-handed tabla and left-handed tabla:
:?: :?: :?:
My apparently weak attempt at a bit of humor! It was a way of signalling immediately that all else that followed was not altogether to be taken as a serious presentation ... the bit about the robot was meant to serve the same function! ... I hope it's clear that this is of course an utterly useless guide! oh well ....better keep my day-job.

(... it's all meant tongue-in-cheek really ... )

But speaking of left-handed tablas, here's something interesting. My tabla teacher Ty Burhoe (from years ago) plays tabla left-handed (i.e. dayan on the left) because he is left-handed. But Kumar Bose is right-handed even though he plays with dayan on the left. He picked this up by sitting in front of his father when was 4 years old teaching him to play tabla! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumar_Bose)



Pascal

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