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hi,

sitars don't need humidifiers, unless its the most extreme of dry climates. ive read and heard many stories about sitarists complaining constantly about their sitar's sound durring the monsoon season. guitars are usually made from spruce and maple, sitars are made from tun (Indian Mahagony) or teak, both woods are denser than the guitar wood. teak is actually pretty oily so i'd think that would have a lot to do with being resistant to humidity related cracking. just an idea.

be good!

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We had an old Rikhi Ram with the wooden case last winter. It was brought in by a customer who found it . . . in a pile of garbage in the snow! The toomba was shattered like a bag of potato chips. After re-building the gourd (which was HUGE) and re-tying the frets I sent photos to Bhishan Das and Sanjay and they said it had been built by Bhishan's father, Rikhi Ram circa 1948. The neck was perfect and the sound was just gorgeous.
Cheers,
Keshav
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