INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Modern day sitar design

 

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neal
Modern day sitar design Apr 27, 2002 08:19 p.m.


Well Russ, Looks like someone has attemped what you requested. Take a peek at

<http://www.greenonion.nl/instruments/fresh sitar/fresh features/gro_instr_indian_features.htm>

and see what you think. I wonder what is the price and how it sounds? Neal

Looks cool though

The other thing is to replace the tuning pegs using wood to wood friction to hold in place with guitar-type pegs that use a screw key to hold it in place. Then all this unnecessary pain to retune every time you pick the thing up would come to a quick end!

Russ
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 28, 2002 08:56 p.m.


Hey Neal;
Yeah, knew about this. I think Lars has talked to the guy running the site about price and so forth. I don't know how much. I've heard it (I think there's a real audio clip on there somewhere?), sounds kind of "sterile" to me. It's OK I guess, but not quite what I had in mind.
Lars
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 28, 2002 09:08 p.m.


I think they're around $1600 or so........plus shipping. Lost the link to the sound clips though .......
Russ
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 28, 2002 09:27 p.m.


Hi Lars. Yeah, I think they may have dispensed with the real audio files when they modified their pages. I think they'd better put them back if they want to sell one of these!
maggi
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 29, 2002 02:55 p.m.


"MAYURI SITAR"

....DIFFERENT TYPE OF SITAR....


*).WITHOUT TUMBA.
*).EASY TO CARRY AS IT IS FIXED IN
A WOODEN BOX
*).ALL THE FRETS R PERMANENT.
*).THREE SWARS R CHAL
(MADHYA & TAR
RISHABH,MADHYADHAIVAT &
TAR GANDHAR),REST ACHALS.
*)"JHAVARI" IS UNBREAKABLE.
*).LENGTH OF THE SITAR IS 4' & 1".
*).THERE R 23 FRETS.
*).WEIGHT 5 Kg.
*).THE SITAR CAN BE USED
COMFORTABLY BY THE CRIPPLED.

THIS SITAR STANDS ON THE WODDEN STAND THERE IS NO NEED TO PUT IT ON YOUR LEG.

sitarsrule
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 29, 2002 08:44 p.m.


as the face says , its a laugh to mess with anything but the body, frets need to move for different raga keys, if someone who knows how to adjust the sitar, it will stay in tune better.Even the best guitars go out of tune some times...........Peace
Russ
Re:Modern day sitar design Apr 30, 2002 01:12 p.m.


Hi Sitarsrule
Yeah, don't know if this person was serious or not. A sitar with no tumba? Can't imagine it. Well, frets don't necessarily have to be move-able to play raga. After all, the frets on a carnatic veena are fixed. Move-able frets are unique to sitar as far as I know. Redesigning a sitar for the 21st century should not be an issue. After all, the sitar we know is the result of a number of changes to the old style played in the 19th century. After all, the sitar itself is a hybrid. But this is just my opinion. Purists beware!
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