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pb
sitars made by kartarchand and harichand? harichand Nov 04, 2003 03:43 p.m.


Hi,
does anyone know about sitars made by kartarchand and harichand? They were, I'm told, associated with Rikhi Ram and sons several years ago. Any details on their manufacturing, materials, quality, sound etc. would be appreciated.

thanks,
Pb

Beenkarji
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 04, 2003 06:08 p.m.


My friend has a sitar by Kartar Chand and I love the thing. What I am most impressed with is the jawari, it is just remarkably well done, and the instruments feel also is very comfortable. The only disadvantage was the frets were tied with fishing line, but this was an older sitar from the early 80s so I would assume it has changed to the common nylon thread everyone uses.
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
Remco
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 04, 2003 06:50 p.m.


Hey PB
I play one and am very satisfied with the instrument. My teacher told me Kartar Hari Chand is indeed related (I think a cousin) of Rikhi Ram. I play a Raiv Shankar style instrument, nicely made and well playing and sounding. I got it through my teacher, but she forgot about it. When I took the instrument for a setup to her, she told me she really liked it. Another student has a VK-style instrument and is also happy with it. My teacher told me these are student-level instruments and well made for their price. I paid about $ 700,- for it. The VK-sitar was cheaper (about $ 650).

Peace,

Remco

pb
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand? Nov 05, 2003 09:51 p.m.


Hey Mark,
sure I would be interested if you can find the article. Sounds like an interesting read.

thanks
Pb


mark (Nov 05, 2003 09:36 p.m.):
Dear pb, My friend Scott Hackleman studied with
KartarChand for a year with a grant he received and
has many wonderful stories to tell about the experience. He wrote up an account of his experience for American Luthier which was published about a year ago, sorry I don't remember
the volume number right now but I can find out
if you're interested. Take care, Mark
mark
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand? Nov 05, 2003 09:36 p.m.


Dear pb, My friend Scott Hackleman studied with
KartarChand for a year with a grant he received and
has many wonderful stories to tell about the experience. He wrote up an account of his experience for American Luthier which was published about a year ago, sorry I don't remember
the volume number right now but I can find out
if you're interested. Take care, Mark
pb
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 05, 2003 09:57 p.m.


Hey Remco,
good to know the price. The price that I was quoted was the magic $1500. I think he had another RS style one that was sold for that price too. Maybe it is a different level (better wood fancier, better faster...). Good to know that they make a good instrument.

Hey Beenkar,
an older one? The old ones are always better It sounds like they are keeping up the quality though.

thanks Pb


Remco (Nov 04, 2003 06:50 p.m.):
Hey PB
I play one and am very satisfied with the instrument. My teacher told me Kartar Hari Chand is indeed related (I think a cousin) of Rikhi Ram. I play a Raiv Shankar style instrument, nicely made and well playing and sounding. I got it through my teacher, but she forgot about it. When I took the instrument for a setup to her, she told me she really liked it. Another student has a VK-style instrument and is also happy with it. My teacher told me these are student-level instruments and well made for their price. I paid about $ 700,- for it. The VK-sitar was cheaper (about $ 650).

Peace,

Remco


Remco
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 06, 2003 08:37 a.m.


I think my teacher has a connection with Harichand somehow. When I took my first lesson she told me she had brought 4 sitars with her from India (two were already sold to other students), so I could choose between a VK and RS style instrument. Maybe her connection has also to do with the pricing. A guy over here just returned from India where he had bought a Rikhi Ram sitar for $900,- Over here you pay at least double the price. Also Harichand was over here to do some repairwork. He stayed at my teachers places.

Peace,

Remco

Lars
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 07, 2003 02:25 a.m.


Hi all, that shop was founded by Kartar Chand Sharma who is now no longer. There was also an apprentice there named Kartar Chand as well. The former was known for very beautiful decorations, he was a distant cousin of Pandit Rikhi Ram Sharma and received some training from him before starting his own shop.
The article by Scott Hackleman is great, you can get it here by ordering a backissue:
http://www.luth.org/backissues/67.htm
Lars
K.K.
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 07, 2003 12:46 p.m.


The article by Scott Hackleman is really informative and has some great construction photos in it. I highly recommend ordering the back-issue from American Luthier.
But....if anyone can't afford it, or something, I have scanned the article and can send you an electronic copy to borrow.
Beenkarji
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 07, 2003 02:48 p.m.


So basically this means that I want to speak with Kartar Hari Chand, who is not to be confused with Kartar Chand Sharma? Also a friend of mine when she studied sitar in Nepal bought an instrument by Hari Chand also from the same address, is this the same guy or yet another name. I think I mentioned this to Tony once and he said the Kartar Chand was the eldest brother and Hari Chand was his younger brother. I guess its time to call up Scott...hehe
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
johnnysitarwhatson
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 08, 2003 10:58 a.m.


Beam him up to Nepal, Scotty.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Jan
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 09, 2003 11:13 a.m.



K.K. (Nov 07, 2003 12:46 p.m.):
The article by Scott Hackleman is really informative and has some great construction photos in it. I highly recommend ordering the back-issue from American Luthier.
But....if anyone can't afford it, or something, I have scanned the article and can send you an electronic copy to borrow.

Hey K.K!

I sendt you a mail but i got a reply from QehQeh. Is that you?
can you please e-mail me the article?

Jan

johnnysitarwhatson
Re:sitars made by kartarchand and harichand?harichand Nov 09, 2003 11:59 a.m.


Seems logical (al-Quahira=Cairo=Kairo?
?Que?) ..... Me also waiting and saying big thanks in advance.

I.

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