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hijadelaira

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Hi, I am new here.

I am interested in a teak wood sitar with a jack input, in order to be studio and classic but with the possibility of connecting it. I do not like the electric sitar that are modified and seem "modern". The problem is that I have just found it in this store
http://www.sathyadeepmusicals.com

and after hard moments (I bought it but they didn't sent it, I had to fight with paypal and so on), finally they gave me the money back in order to start again the purchase, but I do not feel very sure. Moreover, it is very difficult to achieve some reply from them!

If someone of you could help me and advice me about the sitar, if I could find something like this in another store of it this is not a very good purchase. It is exactly this one:
http://www.sathyadeepmusicals.com/strings.html
The teak wood sitar ultra professional model, I am sorry for writing the links but I don't know how to upload pictures, also apologies for my English, I am an Spanish girl.

Thank you very much for your attention!
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Raag

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You can try this website:

http://indianmusicalinstruments.com/

I have not purchased anything from this site, but I have heard goods things from this forum about it.

Hope this helps
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Stephen David

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I'm not sure if there are any Spanish importers or dealers in Indian instruments...that would be a good start as it would seem difficult ordering direct from India, potentially...but I'm sure import rules are different from country to country.

One small bit of advice I would give is to not make your decision purely on whether or not the sitar has a jack or not. Speaking from my limited experience, the jack may not work at all without some work...mine had not only a broken ground connection but the transducer had come off from the inside of the unit. You might be better off selecting a sitar that will sound great acoustically, and then installing a quality aftermarket transducer to the tabli. The built in ones seem to not be of the highest quality from what I hear. So just keep that in mind, I wouldn't rule out a sitar just because it doesn't have a transducer...even if it has one installed that's no guarantee that it will sound good or work, necessarily!
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One small bit of advice I would give is to not make your decision purely on whether or not the sitar has a jack or not.
Good point! I didn't realize you had so much problems with the "built-in" transducer.

I bought the "removable" McIntyre Transducer pickup from Lars at:

http://www.raincitymusic.com/sitaramplification.htm

It's been working great for me so far... sounds very nice. The only (minor) complaint I have is that "tail" (the Jack) hanging off the end of the lower tumba. I put some gauze to pad it so that it wouldn't keep smacking against the tumba.

Otherwise, it works great and is independent of the sitar. I.e. when I come into some $$$ and buy a Hiren Roy teak sitar in the future, I can just pry the transducer off and easily install it on the new Sitar.



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hijadelaira

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Hi
Thanks everyone for your replies, you are really kind

I don't know if some of you have understood what I want, it is something as this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/TEAK-WOOD-SITAR-DOUBLE-GOURD-SITARMAKER-SITARSTORE-/390309794494?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ae046d2be
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Rm9UKuCHuxcESIvMFt0dnA?feat=embedwebsite
[I am really bad with computing u.u] And I was looking for something similar in another store, but I'm about to think that it is impossible.

The point is that I do not feel very sure with the idea of the jack or the "It is in built with dual pick up for greater effect" as it is said in the description on the ebay store, but the sitar is for a gift, and the 'applicant' (I don't know if this is the correct word, the boy who is going to have the instrument) wants in this way. But I am not pretty sure if he had thought about having a normal one and put the jack later... is it a good idea?

Stephen, thank you for your nice words, but the true is that I'm studying English and English Literature, it should works! haha, but I'm still fell unconfortable in English ops:

Thanks again everyone
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Sitarfixer

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"Ola" ! I do not recommend getting a sitar with the transducer built in from India. The quality just is not there. It would be far better fo you to get a good quality sitar and have someone or yourself fit it with the electronics. Mounting the output jack on the gourd is poor design. I'll bet there is nothing inside to reinforce that mounting. The best place to mount a jack is on the tail piece. Also, "teak" sitars made in India now will be of furniture grade teak. Ok, I suppose, but not up to the aged ( dried ) requirement for a top quality instrument. Burma teak that is over 100 years old would be just about impossible to find now, especially on a sitar. Keep shopping and good luck !
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nicneufeld

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Try these folks...looks like they are in Spain!

http://www.sitarsencat.com/
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