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jazzchiss

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Hello to everybody!

I'm considering the possibility of buying an electronic tampura.
Which brands or models do you recommend?
Do you have any experience on buying in this shop: http://stores.ebay.es/sathyadeepmusicals ?

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I've used a Ragini daily for the past two years with no problems at all.

I strongly suggest that you do some comparison shopping on the Web. At this point well-known, reputable dealers in the US (AACM, Sitars Etc., etc.) seem to be charging US $225, but you will see considerable variation in price (as much as or more than US $50 difference, e.g. Khazana at US $275), and occasional sales.

Also, take a look at item No. 180199873356 on eBay. US $149, but you need to order it from India. I have no idea of the risks or timeframe, but the shipping cost as stated is not that high. Those who order items from India will have a better idea about this apparent deal.

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I bought a lehera machine from sathyadeepmusicals and had no problems.
They answered all my emails and were friendly and helpful.
The lehera machine was the best price available, outside of going to India.
It arrived quickly and safely.
For a tanpura machine, my vote is Raagini.
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Raaginis are generally a reliable machine. We buy 100 pieces at a time and out
of 100 we usually get four or five that arrive not working. So that's your odds.
Problem of course is, if you receive a bad one - there's no practical way to return
it to the seller in India as opposed to here in the States where the retailer will
take it back and send you a replacement. Every year or so when we go back to
India - we lug a suitcase loaded with 7 or 8 Raaginis with us back to the dealer
in Delhi in order to get replacements. This is because shipping them back to
India costs more than the instrument and because the Indian government charges
the dealer tax on the Raagini the same as if it were say, a new Nikon camera or
or a new Les Paul guitar. As - if I gather correctly - you are located in Europe
buying electronics direct from India is your best bet as there aren't a whole lot
of shops in Europe selling Indian instruments. Just make sure you can pay with
a credit card or PayPal and not by wire-transfer.

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I see that you're in Spain, these ship by speedpost from India and Spain seems to be the worst country to get something sent by regular mail, it can take a few months even due to your customs people there. Also make sure the value is correct on the invoice as they will send it as a gift with low value.
Better to have it sent by DHL....

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Thank you, my friends.

I think I'll buy a Raagini directly from India at AllEthnic (149 $) or sathyadeepmusicals (147 $).

I live in Madrid and I didn't find a shop in Europe to buy it at a reasonable price. Here http://www.indian-instruments.com/electronic_instruments/electronic_tanbura_raagini.htm they sell it from Germany at 289 € = 424 $ !!!!!

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Keshavdas

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If you ship it via DHL or Fedex (recommended) you will get it faster. It will add about
$100.00 to your cost but you won't wait around for three months wondering if it will
ever come. In the end you'll pay about the same as U.S. customers pay - once
the shipping is added in.

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I’m experiencing with some mp3 I’ve found here http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~mrahaim/ and I’m not very excited about the sound (supposed better than the electronics ones). Perhaps I’ll need a true tampura and a pretty slave to play it?
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LOL, don't we all
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Perhaps I’ll need a true tampura and a pretty slave to play it?

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