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cwroyds

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I just thought this Ebay auction was funny.
They are selling an old sitar neck.

The auction states:
Handmade in India Sitar Neck! GREAT!!
You are bidding on a Handmade in India Full-Size Sitar Neck!
This neck is for a standard 18 string sitar and is in great shape!
Don't miss your chance to own this neck for a full-size sitar in this NO RESERVE auction!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Handmade-India-Sitar-Neck-GREAT-/220785181606?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3367d283a6#ht_500wt_1156

Yeah sure it is in great shape, other than the fact that it was cracked off of the instrument. Just remember "Don't miss your chance to own this neck!!!".
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Oh now, if one were trying to build their own sitar or dilruba, and this neck could be had cheaply enough, it would be a great find.

My own problem is that I have a sitar neck and soundboard, but can't find a large well-seasoned gourd.

You're right, though; it's hard to see what in their mind makes a disembodied neck a must-have.

You gotta love EBay!

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Absolutely, I am sure it would be fun to create some odd instrument out of it.
I just thought it was funny that it was listed as "in great shape".
Especially because the toomba end of it still has the torn remnants of the Ghullu.

You should try to grow your own Gourd for your sitar just for fun.
There was an article about someone growing their own gourd for a toomba but I cant find it.

There are sources for gourds. Not sure they are the right kind though.
http://www.welburngourds.com/blog/2009/09/a-special-offer-and-a-66-64-free-gift-too/
http://www.gourdfarmer.com/
http://www.amishgourds.com/site/1278922/page/441664
http://marthasgourds.com/
http://www.americangourdsociety.org/links.html
http://www.fernsinkgourds.com/services.html
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Originally Posted by "cwroyds"

You should try to grow your own Gourd for your sitar just for fun.
There was an article about someone growing their own gourd for a toomba but I cant find it.
I know exactly which article you mean. That article really tickled me when I first came across it a few years ago, because the guy who wrote it was living in the same area as I was at the time of that project.

He even mentioned going to the local farmer's market trying to find gourds, which is what tickled me, because I was going to that same farmer's market twice a week during the same time frame and would always stop to check out the gourd vendor's wares myself.

In that time I had no computer or internet, and I often went several years at a time without meeting anybody whom I could talk to about sitars or Indian music, yet now I know that many a time I could well have been standing right next to the author of that article and looking at the same gourds with the same end in mind!
Thanks! I did check out a few of those, as well as some others, a few years back when I was really interested in trying to build my own sitar, or just repair the one I have, but never found one large enough and of the right shape. I may well check again though. I'm also not much interested in trying to grow one. My thinking nowadays is that if I ever try to build a sitar, I would like to try an all-wood soundbox.

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Personally, I think that it would be a great find.

How many people know how to tie their own frets? The dand can be cut up into sections, mounted on a dowel to a block of wood like I did, and make a fret tying jig, one for yourself and several others for a pal or two.

If for nothing else, you have a cheap set of frets at a discount. You never know.

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Originally Posted by "cwroyds"

You should try to grow your own Gourd for your sitar just for fun.
There was an article about someone growing their own gourd for a toomba but I cant find it.
I know exactly which article you mean. That article really tickled me when I first came across it a few years ago, because the guy who wrote it was living in the same area as I was at the time of that project.

He even mentioned going to the local farmer's market trying to find gourds, which is what tickled me, because I was going to that same farmer's market twice a week during the same time frame and would always stop to check out the gourd vendor's wares myself.

In that time I had no computer or internet, and I often went several years at a time without meeting anybody whom I could talk to about sitars or Indian music, yet now I know that many a time I could well have been standing right next to the author of that article and looking at the same gourds with the same end in mind!
Thanks! I did check out a few of those, as well as some others, a few years back when I was really interested in trying to build my own sitar, or just repair the one I have, but never found one large enough and of the right shape. I may well check again though. I'm also not much interested in trying to grow one. My thinking nowadays is that if I ever try to build a sitar, I would like to try an all-wood soundbox.

David
I think the all wood soundbox would be the answer really, not hard to do. There was another guy here who made a sitar and I think used a lute type box, looked good although the instrument was much different in proportion to most sitars and never heard any sound file but nevertheless I think a soundbox made of steamed strips would add to the resonance and durability.

The article about growing your own gourd was this one I think: http://www.buckinghammusic.com/sitar/sittut/gourdy.html
Russ Johnson wrote it, he used to post here years ago like so many others that got tired of it sadly. Those were the days when Peter Cutchey would post anything and everything, my review is still on his site of a Mangla Prasad Sharma sitar even. Good times...

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What do you want for 5 bucks?!?!?!

Well, it's a better deal than the 1972 Rick 4001AG that I got(some one sawed off the neck.....)
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I've got one of these too when I rescued many damaged instruments from a place not far from me a few years ago. I thought it was the same one at first!!!

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Don't forget to check shipping charges. The neck is $18 for shipping USPS priority. He's also selling an upper tumba w/gola and a set of pegs on other auctions. At first I was suspicious at the shipping charge but it does seem valid given Priority. Upper tumba is $19 shipping but the pegs only $6 shipping. All USPS Priority. (no, this is not me selling.)

For posterity I made some images, because a month after these close they will be unavailable to view.

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