INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Take your pick

 

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neal
Take your pick Sep 18, 2002 03:13 p.m.


If someone today gave you $2000 to buy a second sitar, with todays makers, which could be made to your specs...besides Mangla of course being a first choice of many... what would your second pick be?

BINA
HIREN ROY
HEMEN
KANAI LAL
MANOJ KUMAR SADAR
RADHA KRISHNA SHARMA
A NO NAME MAKER
RIKHI RAM
P AND BROTHERS
GREEN ONION
MIRAJ

K.K.
Re:Take your pick Sep 18, 2002 04:55 p.m.


Hey All: During the last year, I've seen new sitars (5 years old or newer) made by Rihki Ram (custom built), Hiren Roy (custom built), Manoj Kumar Sadar (at Peter's), RKS (at Peter's) and Hemen. BY FAR, the Hemen had the finest workmanship. But, without being able to hear all of them together, it would be impossible for my novice ears to make a judgement about which one had the "best" sound. That's my 2 cents. - K.K.
Russ
Re:Take your pick Sep 18, 2002 05:16 p.m.


Yes, Hemen's are nice, but they are mostly known for their sarodes. I actually played a $2000 Hemen last summer at AACM when I was in San Rafael (can't believe it was actually lying on the floor in their stockroom, picking up dust). Looked dynamite with very nice woodwork. The sound was OK, but frankly I expected better at that level. If you gave me $2k for a custom, I think I would go for a tun Kanai Lal.
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