INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying

 

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Audiogalaxystem
HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 09, 2004 12:28 p.m.


Namaste,

My name is Peter, I'm from Belgium, and for the moment I'm for the second time of my life in a country I love a lot: India.

As a musician I'm also crazy about the Tabla sound. This time I really want to buy them!!, (despite the weight)

Problem is; I'm "tourist" so when I go into the shops, the sellers tell me everytime a different price.

I want good quality Tabla (bayan and bayan). Can anybody tell me what a good pair should cost??
( I've heard yet everything from 2000rps, 3000rps, 9000rps,...)

Another issue is the quality:

I think sheesam wood is the best, then teakwood, and mangowood the worst, but is this correct??.
For the skin is goatskin better then sheepskin, and camelskin better then goatskin, or do they only use camelskin for the tuning straps??

And brass is better then aluminium, but is steel the same as brass??

Again, the shopkeepers tell me everytime, "this is very good quality..."

I s there a way to "see" what is good quality or are there some tricks to hear it??

As you can read I'm just a beginner in Tabla world so any advise will be highly appreciated!

A last question, I think of buying in Mumbai, but wont that be more expensive then by example Delhi?

Many thanks (Danjabad?!) !!

Peter

ross
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 09, 2004 12:46 p.m.


where are you in belgium?
kedar_india_pune
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 09, 2004 05:24 p.m.


mumbai is the place to get the best tablas in india
please contact watkar tabla maker
he is teh best tabls maker in the world
he makes tabla for almost every professional tabla player fro india
Ram
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 10, 2004 11:46 a.m.


Contact Prafulla in Mumbai, he is a pro musician and a disciple of Allah Rakha and Zakir Hussein. He has pro tablas made by Sadanand. I bought a few pairs from of him and am 101% satisfied with service and quality.

His email is tablaplayer@hotmail.com
His website is also worh a look http://www.tabla-player.com/
good luck

Ram
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 10, 2004 11:46 a.m.


Contact Prafulla in Mumbai, he is a pro musician and a disciple of Allah Rakha and Zakir Hussein. He has pro tablas made by Sadanand. I bought a few pairs from of him and am 101% satisfied with service and quality.

His email is tablaplayer@hotmail.com
His website is also worh a look http://www.tabla-player.com/
good luck

Ram
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 10, 2004 12:08 p.m.



kedar_india_pune (Jan 09, 2004 05:24 p.m.):
mumbai is the place to get the best tablas in india
please contact watkar tabla maker
he is teh best tabls maker in the world
he makes tabla for almost every professional tabla player fro india

Yes I heard Watkar is also brillaint craftman. Do you have his details, phone, email etc..regards

audiogalaxystem
Re:HELP! urgent advise about Tabla-buying Jan 11, 2004 02:52 a.m.


Thank you very much for your quick replies!!

I'm boarding at Mumbai airport so that comes in handy!

Any idea about a good price?

Thanks again,

Peter

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