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Huti
rikki rom Dec 25, 2002 09:00 p.m.


Bying rikki rom sehtar. Tun wood. 2 gord. brand new. Good to play? yes? please answer. Huti Verma
sitarsrule
Re:rikki rom Dec 26, 2002 01:39 a.m.


At one point in time the only sitar wanted by many were rikki ram, as far as I know Ravi Shankar Plays on a rikki.I've had the chance
to play one, it was good. I hope your not paying too much for it. If you've never bought
a sitar before, then you must look at it very carefully for any cracks in the wood, and gourd
the gourd can be repaired, but if there are cracks around the the top near the bridge and area where strings meet the body at end . I've bought junk, so I've learned to look very carefully at the Instrument Good Luck may Krisna cause his face to smile on your endevor.......Peace
Remco
Re:rikki rom Dec 26, 2002 11:48 a.m.


Hi,

My teacher plays a Rikhi Ram,a very nice instrument: loud as a cannon! But indeed beware, sitars are very personal instruments each having it's own character.
Also visit:
http://www.rikhiram.com/

Peace,

Remco

Russ
Re:rikki rom Dec 26, 2002 10:03 p.m.


Hi;
I have never played a Rikki, so this is only an opinion, based on all I've heard and read. Yes, they are quite nice, but I think they may be over-rated and over-priced too.
Ravi endorses the instrument mainly because they came to his aid long ago when his main sitar became lost, and he had to have another one quickly for a concert in Italy. The story goes that his walla spend all night tweaking the instrument to get it sounding very good. Ravi played it in concert the next day to exceptional reviews. So, he pays Ajay Sharma and company back by favorable endorsement.

But don't get me wrong, they are good sitars. But always check the workmanship regardless of "brand". All makers sell a "second" or "third". That means they are not up to standard and could have something wrong with them (has happened to me before). But if all looks good and the price is agreeable, then OK. You will certainly own a well known brand.

K.K.
Re:rikki rom Dec 27, 2002 03:22 p.m.


When I was researching sitars for purchase a year ago, I was able to see/hear 2 new Rihki Rams among other makes. They are WAY over priced. About the only thing exeptional about them is they are loud. But loud does not necessarely mean better tone.
Huti
Re:rikki rom Dec 27, 2002 06:00 p.m.


Thank to all for help. Maybe i decide on mangela sharma prasada instead. yes.?good also sehtar. tone and play good? Thanks you all.
Huti
Re:rikki rom Dec 27, 2002 06:01 p.m.


Thank to all for help. Maybe i decide on mangela sharma prasada instead. yes.?good also sehtar. tone and play good? Thanks you all.
Lars
Re:rikki rom Dec 27, 2002 07:19 p.m.


Huti, the Manglas have a thicker face (tabli) and so generally the volume is not as loud and they take awhile to break in. The Rikhi Rams I've heard have thinner wood which is why the volume is better but your sitar may not last too long........so you would want to inspect it first for the things that 'Sitarsrule' talked about above....
Also there is a new website coming out by end of January with fantastic sitars so you may want to check that out too, the link will be posted here when it does....
Lars
Sinda
Re:rikki rom Dec 28, 2002 05:17 p.m.


Hello Huti,

Happy new year to you as well As I stated on another thread, I have played a Kumar Sardar...the one I played sounded like cross between a Miraj and a Hemen- if you can imagine what that would sound like. I thought it was a solid, well designed instrument with attention paid to every detail. It had a very sweet and sonorous(sp?) quality. The only thing I didn't like about it was the second gourd was very small- almost to the point of the instrument not balancing well when placed down earthbound. Hope that helps. This forum is a great medium to share.


Thank to all for help. Maybe i decide on mangela sharma prasada instead. yes.?good also sehtar. tone and play good? Thanks you all.[/quote]

Huti
Re:rikki rom Dec 28, 2002 07:34 p.m.


oh. maybe i just wait. maybe i try family piano instead. Thank you all for all help. Huti Verma.
Russ
Re:rikki rom Dec 28, 2002 09:04 p.m.


Huti;
Another good source of information is the obvious one. If you have access to any professional Indian sitarists, ask them what they play. Or if you go to recitals, ask them before they leave the area. If you find that 3 out of 4 play the same brand, then you probably have your answer. If you can afford it, that is the best to get. Good luck.
Huti
Re:rikki rom Dec 28, 2002 09:47 p.m.


Thank you,russ. I will take kierkegardian faith leap and bye Mangla sharma. dont want loud cannon sound of rikki rom. want nice, liquid sound of water/voice. like idea of thick solid tabli. lasts long time. good for meend and note hold(sustain note). must choose. so i start to practice, thank all once again. Huti Verma, west bengal.


Huti;
Another good source of information is the obvious one. If you have access to any professional Indian sitarists, ask them what they play. Or if you go to recitals, ask them before they leave the area. If you find that 3 out of 4 play the same brand, then you probably have your answer. If you can afford it, that is the best to get. Good luck.[/quote]

Lars
Re:rikki rom Dec 28, 2002 11:32 p.m.


Hi Huti,
Since you're in West Bengal......you should just simply go to Kolkata and find your sitar!! You can try Mangla Prasad Sharma and also there is another maker called Joyanta SenGupta you could look for, not sure where they are at but I think in Kolkata. You have a great advantage in that you are able to go and try the instruments first so let us know what you decide to get! Have fun!

Lars

Huti
Re:rikki rom Dec 30, 2002 10:36 p.m.


Yes. thak you lars.I thot of that. travel can dbe difficcilt for me sometimes.but i try. Huti verma

Hi Huti,
Since you're in West Bengal......you should just simply go to Kolkata and find your sitar!! You can try Mangla Prasad Sharma and also there is another maker called Joyanta SenGupta you could look for, not sure where they are at but I think in Kolkata. You have a great advantage in that you are able to go and try the instruments first so let us know what you decide to get! Have fun!

Lars[/quote]

neal
New Website??? Jan 25, 2003 08:17 p.m.


Hey Lars,
From this and I think another post... I sense you are constructing some type of ICM web-site. Yes? Could you give us a sneak preview? What will be it's focus? If you are doing that, I think that's kinda neat. Neal


Also there is a new website coming out by end of January with fantastic sitars so you may want to check that out too, the link will be posted here when it does....
Lars

jan
Re:rikki ram Mar 15, 2003 06:20 a.m.


I just returnet from a short trip to India and withme i brought a Rikhi Ram Ustat Vilayath Khan style sitar...
I was all over Dehli to try and find a instrument i liked. But as soon as i said the word Sitar the different Rickshaw drivers wanted to take me to: the very best sitar shop in india, my friends sitar shop, a place where you get the best quality possible for half the price....

Anyways i ended up at Rikhi Ram and got the sitar from there shop. It is expensive but its really nice to play. It is not very loud. My only complaint about the instrument is that it got damaged during the flight. If you invest in an instrument be smart and get a fiberglass carrying divice for it. I have a leather case (i suspect it to be cardboard) and thatone wasnt good enough for the flight. now i have cracks in the gourd : (

I really cant compare the instrument to others than my old no name sitar. I would say the differense is like day and night, but still its not a stradivarius (yet). I guess the most importent thing is that it feels the way it should. My sitar feels good, actually its the best instrument i have played, but then again im not the most experienced player.

good luck

Neal
Re:rikki ram Mar 15, 2003 05:15 p.m.


If you don't mind me asking Jan, what were the prices at Rikhi Ram, in US dollars? Neal

PS What does an ebony bridge sound like?


I just returnet from a short trip to India and withme i brought a Rikhi Ram Ustat Vilayath Khan style sitar...
I was all over Dehli to try and find a instrument i liked. But as soon as i said the word Sitar the different Rickshaw drivers wanted to take me to: the very best sitar shop in india, my friends sitar shop, a place where you get the best quality possible for half the price....

Anyways i ended up at Rikhi Ram and got the sitar from there shop. It is expensive but its really nice to play. It is not very loud. My only complaint about the instrument is that it got damaged during the flight. If you invest in an instrument be smart and get a fiberglass carrying divice for it. I have a leather case (i suspect it to be cardboard) and thatone wasnt good enough for the flight. now i have cracks in the gourd : (

I really cant compare the instrument to others than my old no name sitar. I would say the differense is like day and night, but still its not a stradivarius (yet). I guess the most importent thing is that it feels the way it should. My sitar feels good, actually its the best instrument i have played, but then again im not the most experienced player.

good luck[/quote]

Jan
Re:rikki ram Mar 24, 2003 10:16 a.m.


I really dont know the price of my sitar.
It was a gift and return of favors from my friend and teacher Anand Madaschi. I cheked the price on the net and its really expensive 1500 USD.

I find the whole sitar to be just amazing. It sings as it should... I was really worried about the cracks i found on it, but i guess i over reacted.
The sitar has now made the transition to the hard scandinavian vinter climate, and im just a very happy owner of souch a nice instrument.

I think the Ebony jawari is a great thing. Its harder than bone and its made out of one block of wood ( easing the transition of sound and vibration of the strings to the tabli)

The jawari is standing flat (full contact) with the tabli. The more contact the better...


Jan

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