hello friends. just to let everyone know, i recently recived ashipment of tabla stands from the manufucturer.and they are ready for sale.so if you play on stage,with a jazz group.or with people who stand, or sit on a stool,don't be without the arsala tabla stand.
depending on wat type of band the tabla player is playing with, he may use a stand. weneva i am playing sitar (or other classical music), i ALWAYZ sit on the floor ALONG with my tabla player, shenai player etc. also, if i am playing banjo of tabla/dholak for bhajans i prefer people to be sitting on the floor. but it only looks gud on stage if EVERYBODY is doing the same thing. wen i am playing keyboard in the whole band is either sitting on a chair or standing. the singers stand, i stand, and percussionists sit. my tabla player uses my congo stand to put his tabla's on, and he actually prefers playing like this. occasionally, if i am playing sitar with a band that do not sit on the floor, i request a highered platform to play on, or i sit on a bench with my sitar behind me.
I posted this response on the chat group at tabla.com, but I figured I put it up here as well.
I own a set of the Arsala tabla stands and have found them to be a wonderful tool for playing tabla in non-classical settings. Arsala is offering a quality product. The stands are solid, well built, easy to adjust, and well designed. When I play classical I sit on the floor just like anyone else. But when performing in non-traditional settings, being up off the floor is a fabulous shift. Greater ease of eye contact among the musicians, reduced neck strain, greater visual impact from the audience perspective (as you're not hidden behind the legs or sound gear of the other performers), and, for me, reduced back pain as well. I have found the stands to be a little rickety for playing when standing, but they can work that way as well if need be. Personally, I prefer sitting on a drummers stool when using the stands.
Pandit Samir Chatterjee offers the Arsala stands from his website http://www.tabla.org , and I think there is a picture of them there if anyone wants a good look at them.
Thanks to Arsala for offering an excellent product that helps adapt the tabla for use in non-classical settings.
I have also often had to stand when playing tabla. In contemporary Western settings, where I am playing other percussion instruments, aside from tabla, it is necessary to be standing in order to switch quickly from one instrument to the other.
Of course, when I play Indian classical music, I am sitting down!
Out of curiousity, how much do these stands cost? Are they stable? What holds the cushions in place?
Thanks for the intrest in Arsala tabla stand, and thanks for the kind words from Gabe,a satisfied Arsala tabla stand owner. these stands are manufactured by JCR. Caly Rivera is a well known Latin perccusion maker. the stand is made of strong and durable material.all the rivetts are solid steel, unlike the hollow rivitts used on almost all Drum set stands. your kids, and thier kids will be playing Tabla on them. The stand is normally priced at $300.a 10%discount applies thru this offer. to order, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org