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skystyler

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Hi !
I have a one-block sitar made by B.M Sitarmaker in Miraj. I am very saticfied with it.
I bought it from a friend that buys one or two from them every year when he is in India. Last time he brought back a travellsitar with a natural gourd that sounded amazing. Here are some photos of my sitar and one of his ( mine is the black one).
http://firstclass.edu.upplands-bro.se/~stefan.karlstrom/sitar
My question to you guys is why not more sitars are made of one-block ( with no neck-joint) ?
I understand that it
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Hi Stefan, hard to tell what you're trying to describe with the pictures you posted. One of the sitars looks like it is 2 pieces joined right under/near the last fret? Practically speaking the instrument would be stronger with different pieces and cuts of wood because each piece will expand and contract differently and offset each other which keeps the whole structure stable. Maybe Tony can give some input as I'm sure he has been to that shop.
Nice decorations on those....

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Hej Lars !
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this is a very pretty sitar, i like it, are you able to post a sound clip by any chance? would love to hear it!
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Hej Lars !
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You both nailed it. Expense is the primary consideration. It's also easier to just grab a stocked piece of wood to make a component for the instrument on the operating floor. Since the shops there are overloaded with mass production work most of the time, setting up specialty instruments such as one piece custom orders would be a rarity. These sitars you've posted pics of are really quite lovely. You got the good dark rosewood pegs on that dark sitar. Well done. The trim borders done up with vocal tanpura center vines works very well with the carving. If you would, please, DUST those beautiful instruments.
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Thanks for your replies!
About the sound-clip: I have to get a good microphone to do the sitar justice. I see what I can do..
...And, Tony, the dust is history now...

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2 months ago i played a one piece century old surbahar, made by Kanai Lal. I've played several Murari made surbahars, but this one was truly stunning soundwise. Playing wise was a different story, since the frets ran on a railsystem. Very nice, but from the back you did have a clue where you were (since the treads were missing). The instrument itself was pretty plain..but had a very mellow sound...
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Very nice sitar! I like the unusual decorations. Something different than most other sitars.

You have to het rid of the sandpaper under the tuning swan though. That looks ugly.
Just glue a small piece of leather under the swan (not on the sitar).

What is the price of these sitars?
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I paid about 1000 $ for it (case not included). I
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