Does anyone have any experience or can recommend or which tablas are considered a good quality. I am trying to decide on purchasing a tabla set, One is made by Ustad Qasim Khan Niyazi OR Gopal Das. they seem like very reputable stores its just deciding on which tabla sets. Your comments are very helpful are the names important or is it a cloud of smoke? im assuming that im not the only one that has asked this question before, I just ask for this reply only once, I promise not to bother you tabla guru's again. The other thing is that im in New York and the only place that I did visit, the look of the tabla didn't look so 'fresh' and new. more like brownish skin and fuzzy straps, I was told that was normal for Indian quality. However im not so much buying that.
If you are in NY, serious and ready to buy, you can e-mail ANINDO CHATTERJEE[firstname.lastname@example.org] He is there for a short while and has a super quality set for sell. But please contact him soon , only if you are serious and ready to buy.