INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Sitar Storage

 

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Danimal
Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 09:12 a.m.


To all you multiple-sitar owners:

Where the heck do you store these beasts??? I have one (a no-name brand), and I'd like to keep it after I upgrade (can't see myself taking a $1500 instrument to the park).

This naturally doesn't sit well w/ others in the house. Obviously, the attic and the garage are out (I live in Miami, FL, US)...and under the bed won't work. I considered renting a 5x5 climate controlled storage unit ($25/month), but this seems a little extreme.

Any creative ideas? I'm betting "no," but I thought I'd ask.

Dan

Jeff
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 10:09 a.m.


My wife was just bitchin' last night about this very subject.
A quick glance at my livivg room here, I have 5 sitars, 1 tanpura, 3 guitars, 1 bass, 1 bass amp and 2 dulcimers.
In my bedroom there is 3 guitars and one bass, and downstairs in my music room? Lets just say theres a reason why this other stuff is upstairs.
Danimal
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 11:16 a.m.


Ahhh, to have a music room........that's beena re-occuring dream of mine for a long time.

Maybe the 5x5 storage unit isn't such a bad idea.....my lesser-used instruments (e.g., my harmonium) could live there. The only problem is that I'd realistically almost never use them, which makes a strong case for "downsizing," I suppose.

I knew I should've taken up the bansuri!

Dan

Stephen
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 11:20 a.m.


Look out Lars, sounds like Jeff is stocking up for Sitars Etc., Etc., Etc.
Billy
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 11:20 a.m.


I was wondering if there was a safe/secure way to hang a sitar on the wall? Obviously, it would be better to store a sitar in its case, especially over a long period, but could hanging on the wall be a viable option, at least over the short-term?
Namaste',
Billy Enigmar Godfrey
Russ
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 01:20 p.m.


Damn typos...can't beat a dedicated music room. I won't buy a house that doesn't have at least one room (size not that important) that I can keep my instruments in. Plus a dedicated closet for the cases, accessories, etc. Speaking of cases, I built one out of Indonesian mahogany for my old generic. My second sitar came in a plywood case, and that's where it still lives. But I bought a fiberglass case with my MPS as I just can't imagine anything else. For high quality (and price) sitars, I strongly recommend these with good padding as well.
Russ
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 01:10 p.m.


Billy, I have seen people hang sitars on the wall before. They use the hole in the neck tumba to hook over a wall screw. Frankly, that mades my skin crawl. Total disrespect for an instrument, and it doesn't do the neck or tumba any good either.

Ha, I have trouble keeping all my instruments in one place too. I've tripped over guitars and keyboards in the dark before! You just can't be a dedicated music room for all that stuff. Hey Jeff, try out a venu. Fits in your back pocket. Ha.

Billy
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 02:47 p.m.


Hey, I know a place where you could store one of your better sitars. Its called "Billy's Sitar Storage"; its real cheap!
Namaste',
Billy Enigmar Godfrey
K.K.
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 03:39 p.m.


Hi All: When I visited Buckingham Music, all of the sitars were hanging side by side from hooks in the ceiling. If I remember correctly, the small loop of wire stayed with the hooks, and the sitar hung from the pegs and friction/leverage on the neck. I wouldn't try that here in L.A!
Russ
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 04:04 p.m.


Yeah, KK. And I gave Peter no end of crap for doing that! He just smiled........
Jeff
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 08:46 p.m.


I've hung my sitars before.I just attached a looped rope
to the wall and hung the sitar from the top toomba neck, where it screws into the sitar neck. I dont know about hanging it from a nail in the wall, that sounds pretty scary to me.
Lars
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 08, 2003 09:43 p.m.


They hang them they way Peter did in India and also some shops drill into the top of the neck and fit a loop in their and then hang them up. Actually if one were to hang a sitar the loop in the end of the neck would be better as you're putting a lot of stress on that yoke where the top tumba connects? Fortunately I don't have to hang sitars on the wall and I have a music room too Russ,

Lars

jan
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 09, 2003 04:43 a.m.


Im a hanger too, coming out of the closet here. Hy noname has been hanging the last 4 years. I can see no damage in the neck or anywhere else. I made a loop of a piece of rope and i have a hook in the wall, the rope goes around the top tuning peg. I did this because i have kids. At that point my son was 2 and i really didnt want him to ride me sitar, so hanging on the wall seemed like a good idea. My RR sitar is sleeping it the case that came with it.

When it comes to a music room, i found a place just(?) 500 km from here, it has 2 houses and a huge barn. Im trying to talk my family into it...with a little help from above, i will end up with a music house : ) To be realistic i really dont think so, but my emagination has been running off the last few days. ...and this is my studio, bla. bla.. in this room i only play my bla. bla...

back to dreaming

jan

Sitarsrule
Re:Sitar Storage Jul 09, 2003 02:05 p.m.


Before I got married I hang guitars, & Sitars on the wall, Now I have the Sitars in the corner of my living room, the guitars in cases in the garage, which has
an enterence from inside the house. I'm lucky because my kids have not touched
them in a while, one of my sitars got knocked over in the case, it needed to have the jawari reset...............Peace
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