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Sitarfixer

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At long last, I've finished this custom ordered teak sitar! Just gotta show it off for all you page three sitar porn

freaks and generally curious players. To see what I'm on about, please go to Karaseksound.com . Punch up the 'custom

shop' page. Click on the sitar pictured on the lower right "Ultra Teak Sitar" and browse through all the detail pics.

After seeing some of my design elements coming out of rival shops in Miraj, I jumped on a train, pulled the sitar and

finished it here in Pune. Remember, you saw it here first !!! This sitar took just over 14 months to complete after a

month of initial designing. Please tell me what you think. Oh, yes - this is not a promotion, plug or sales pitch. I

just gotta show this baby off !!! Cheers!

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( Oh, yes - this is not a promotion, plug or sales pitch. )
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Hey Tony. That be some instrument. How soon do you ship it to the person that ordered it? Will you weep at its departure.

Very interesting. I do confess the carved elements are deserving of a Maharaja's palace! Love the main peg design and all the carviong in general. The carving of the main bridge support also adds to the "old guard" feel. My only complaint is I am not a fan of the red/green style penwork. I have to wonder how it would have looked with a deep brown pen. Maybe just 2 sumptuous? A real treat to the eye.

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OUTASITE!!!! Well okay I'm a partisan, I like Tonys work and so do alot of the heavyhitters.
I am still being amazed by my Karasek sitar as it gets played in and opens up. Its all the sitar I'll ever need, although want is a different story. I feel that Tonys custom shop production rivals the best of the best in the "old days" of having your ustad request a sitar for you from KL or HR and RR. This teak beauty was kept under wraps even though I pester T constantly and he has done a tour de force, someone is a very happy owner. Without opening the tired old "Tony only orders them" dialogue its good to reflect on the practice of the other top makers, apprentices and specialist are almost always involved in the production of a sitar, the "Name" that goes on them reflects a masters guidence in wood selection, joinery final carving tweaking and design. Common sense says that if RR or KL etc were the sole artisan making instruments the production levels would be so low that very few persons would enjoy and be proud of their world class sitar. Its true that the KL shop used only 2 persons to build rudra veenas and probably the occasional very special sitar and the rarity of those intruments supports the practices and workshop methods used by sitar makers. Even Ravi Shankars masterpeice was built in KLs shop and then the master, in this case Nodu Mullick, brought the instrument to life and created the standard in sitars for the last 50 years.

So I took a long way around to say that thats one fine sitar and I hope we get to hear a recording someday. Unless Tony becomes a saint he will probably tire of the day to day hassles and rip-offs involved in a competitive business and decide to do only custom work for a select few. I for one am very happy to own a Karasek sitar, which by the way is labled KarasekSounds by AR Sitarmaker, so credit is given when due.

Any body who wants a state of the art instrument would be well advised to consider one of his instruments. Its a sincere form of flattery that a nearby shop in Miraj tries to rush out knockoffs of Tonys designs before the chisels cool down but I don't hear anyone lauding the shop for the outstanding quality of its instruments.
Are Tonys sitars as good as I believe? Well its subjective but the owners I have talked to speak only praise. This teak beauty is museum quality and I shudder to think what the cost would be from one of the few remaining top level makers. It might sound as good, look as good, would probably cost twice as much and still Tonys creation would stand on its own merits along side the best.

Allright I'm not being paid to wax poetically over Ts instruments, I'm just a very satisfied customer but I am really pissed off about one thing!!!! I wanted Hemraj style pegs on Nevermore and didn't get them...

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Tony-Da-
How much and when can i get one?

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Sweet sitar. I can't believe you replaced the nut with two ducks! Very innovative, nice touch. The back of the tomba is fantastic looking, nice detail. The pegs have a different flower, ornate langot, uni-post chickari, incredible carving. You pulled out all the tricks on this one. Looks like one that you should keep. Sitar XXX. Reminds me of some the carving on a KL veena and surbahar.

BTW how does it sound?

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Hey Bobu! You're killing me! Great stuff, and without a word- nice touch. You have a great sense of humor, I don't care what they (or I) say. Speaking of playing an instrument with feeling- that violin has a lot of sole
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If I remember right, Tony was making that one for himself? Very nice, I really like the polish job those guys do also....
Enjoy
Nice boot too there Bobber.....

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wow!!! Stunning stuff....love the picture (last pic in the second row) where the tuning bird is peeking over the bridge....

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Hey Tony,
I haven't really looked closely at your work before. I am blown away. Incredible! If I ever have the money to but yet a third lefty sitar, you would indoubtedly get my biz.
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tony you truly do some beautiful work i had to look at all of the customs again , but the new teak sitar is a work of art , thank you for pointing us to the photos on your web site , fantastic work Bravo !
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Hey Tony:
Ditto on all the slathering...
When I look at a sitar, the first thing I look at is the quality of the pegs. Look at those beauties... did you turn those yourself? Nice sharp cuts, and look at the beads...no pieces chipped off...Ahhhhh.

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Is this Sitar strung Geetanjali style?

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I just got a closer look!!! COOL!!!! Geetanjali strung!!!!

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Tony,
I have to add my voice to the others...
that is a beautiful instrument.

It must be a fantastic feeling, to be able to create such a work of art.
Looking at the photos was a real feast for the eyes.

Saying thank you just doesn't seem adequate. This is one of those
situations when words can't express thoughts.
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