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heartofchrome

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Hello all - 

I'm looking to buy my first sarod, hopefully in the near future.  However, it's hard to find good information about them on the internet.  Is there a preference over the one piece vs. two piece styles?  Also, are there any particular brands to look for?  Rain City has a couple 'Kanai Lal & Sons' brand sarods on their site, but would it be better to hold out for an older Hemen or something along those lines?  Any other reputable companies making them these days? 

Thanks for any info!
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Kawabatnam

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Hello,
First, but you probably already know that, avoid the famous auction site: low quality instruments sold by people with no knowledge of music. There are exceptions (maybe), but they precisely are exceptions...
If you are in the US you can't go wrong with Rain City Music and Musician's Mall Usa, the latter being more specialised in sarod I guess (I bought an instrument from Musician's Mall). If you are in Europe, check the German sites indiaN-instruments and indiA-instruments (I bought an instrument and got another one repaired from indiA-instruments). With these 4 websites you'll be dealing with knowledgeable people who will check and set up your instrument -and this is a crucial point if you want to be certain to get a playable sarod.
As for the technical aspects, even a good no name sarod (with a good skin, correctly aligned peg holes, correct metal plate and no buzzing strings etc.) will give a lot of musical satisfaction for a long time. It doesn't have to be made by Hemen and it doesn't have to be "one piece" (that is made from one log of wood instead of having the pegbox being an extra piece connected to the main body -there is sonically little difference, though a "one piece" should theoretically be a little bit sturdier). So I insist, the most important point is buying from people who will check and control your instrument before shipping it to you, because even makers of renown may at times make an instrument, let's say, less than stellar.
Good (future) practice!
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desh

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Admittedly, I know nothing about sarod (sitar is my instrument). However, I do remember a few years back the AACM store used to sell sarods made by Dulal Chandra Kanji (Oriental Musikraft) as an lesser priced alternative to the expensive Hemen sarods.

https://orientalmusikraft.webs.com/


This same topic was also raised - albeit over 10 years ago - on this forum, some good info though:

https://forum.chandrakantha.com/post/buying-a-sarod-help-8667909

You many also try contacting sarodist Arnab Chakrabarty for updated advice.


Best of luck,
Desh



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Lars

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Well as for me (Rain City Music) I stopped importing them when Hemen passed away. I had a few Dulal sarodes years ago and they sounded and played nice but the aesthetics weren't great. I'd check with the folks at Musicians Mall perhaps or a private seller. If you go direct from Kolkata the problem will be with getting is packed and shipped properly.

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ThunderBass95

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Rain City is the first place I would have checked. Keshav Imports in NY is also worth checking though I don't think he has any in stock. Definitely check out Musicians Mall. They are Sarode specialists and they have a few models in stock. They will restring it and set it up for you before shipping so you can literally play it right out of the box. Don't buy from an online retailer from India or Ebay. The instruments will not be set up and in some cases, will be junk. There are also a couple retailers on Reverb which will not restring or set up the instrument and you will be taking a big chance with them. Right now, Musicians Mall is your best bet. Good luck. [thumb]
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