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barend

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Love that tortoise guitar pick guard!
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Yep ! That torpoise shell looks like a forest fire against bare wood. I'm going darkish brown for body finish and a reddish gourd. Hopefully these colors will compliment the pick guard.
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More pics added. Getting ready for some stain and varnish.
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Spectacular.
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ROIT ! More pics added. Stain and varnish is on.
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barend

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I don't see the new pictures?
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Here ya go !
http://www.facebook.com/tony.karasek/media_set?set=a.10203360339284849.1073741827.1702245129&type=3
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Ok looks great. Very old school with the old RR style string holder.
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If you refer to the three brass (not bone) pins - yep ! That is indeed retained as old school. Efficient use of space. Combing the strings as they head out toward the backs of the bridges via the block with guide holes is the update though allowing for bead space and no bleeding fingers from untrimmed string loop ends.

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barend

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Yes that is what I mean. Are you building this for yourself or someone else?
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Yes. This one is already well spoken for. I am in the middle of building a similar sitar. Trim and color could go anywhere at this point. It is up for grabs.
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Okay, gang. Here's the last volley of "Nice Shoes Sitar" pics. It's finished ! It's delivered ! The new owner is jumping jazzed and so am I ! ! !  It has truly been an honor and privilege to create this sitar for Ms. Anoushka Shankar. She had requested quite a few features that I was able to produce successfully on this instrument. It will be test driven for a bit before beginning its service on the concert stages and recording studios. Yeah ! I love my job ! ! !
 

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Wow Tony, you have outdone yourself!
A real beauty. Love the vintage style looks. And the dark brown colors.
Now I have GAS for one!!

Can you tell us some more about the electronics? I see an AKG? What model is that? What is that mic and how do you mix those two together?

And what about the string retainers at the main string peg?

And I see the Pa chikari is left out just like Ravi Shankar does? I though Anoushka used that string?
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Thank you, Barend ! Those mics were supplied by Ms. Anoushkas sound guy in London. The boom mic is a 'DPA D:vote 4099' and the stick on is an 'AKG C411 PP'. Both have excellent sound reproduction. Both require phantom power. They are routed into a 5 pin jack on the tail piece. A 5 wire line cord sends the signal out to an external junction box with phantom power converters/adapters. From there are two standard 3 pin XLR jacks, one for each mic that now send the signal to the house mixing board. 
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barend

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ok thanks! I always thought she used a Shertler pickup? Maybe she changed her set up.
If I understand correctly both the AKG and the DPA are going straight to the 5 pin and then after that they can be split again in separate channels and mixed together to taste?
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