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pb
New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 19, 2004 09:18 p.m.


Hi,
my Calcutta Traditional arrived today! There are a lot of new instruments recently, great stuff. I will say more when I play it, but man it is nice looking and I love the case! Beats my old rexine special. Pictures don't do it justice at all. The wood is beautiful. Now I have to get used to karaj-pancham and hooks.

I have to get a tom case for the upper tomba, it is a lot bigger than I expected, very cool! It's a great day, I'll be up late tonight no doubt.

Pb

Matt
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 19, 2004 09:47 p.m.


Woo-hoo, Paul! There is nothing like a new sitar. Have a good time.

Might want to try www.musiciansfriend.com for the tom case - I got a great deal on mine.

pb
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 20, 2004 01:53 a.m.


Hey Matt,
having a great time. I've been thinking of getting a good sitar for over a year, and now is the time! Which model did you order form them? I was looking a one, but I wasn't sure of the type to order.
Actually musiciansfriends doesn't ship to canada, so I ordered directly from nomad canada for the same price !
Pb


Matt (Feb 19, 2004 09:47 p.m.):
Woo-hoo, Paul! There is nothing like a new sitar. Have a good time.

Might want to try www.musiciansfriend.com for the tom case - I got a great deal on mine.


Matt
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 20, 2004 07:16 a.m.


That's the one. Be sure to measure the height of your toomba including the screw. I forgot to do that and the case doesn't quite fit, but it works for keeping it safe in the house since I don't take that piece to my lessons. If you're out and about a lot you'll probably want a heavier plastic case instead of fiberboard.
andowe
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 21, 2004 04:50 p.m.


Yo! pb, congradulations on your new sitar!!!!. Wow, lots of new instruments around here.
The Calcutta trad. is stunning. How does it play feel sound?
I was really taken with that paticular sitar and had orginally ordered it's little brother, the Standard. Then changed for the MPS Rose petal, which I'm totally in love with ....... however I still wonder .......well you know how it is.
In reference to another thread here, I've read many of your posts on this board and I think the value of your contributions are recognized by most everyone. Uncle Ken said it all. It looks to me like you've not let anybody's negativity affect you and that speaks volumes to your chacter.
I hope you're jamming on your sitar right now cause that's what I'm about to do, so we'll be playing at the same point in time. Sat nam pb, I love you.

Peace, love and light to ALL
Andy
pb
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 21, 2004 05:21 p.m.


Hey Andowe,
thanks! It is a beautiful sitar. I can't believe it sometimes. I had the same quandry as you, do I get a MPS or a srishti? I wanted to get one that was bigger, like the nodu, since I'm about 6'5" and Lars had this one, so I went for it, and it fits me perfectly (14" wide tabli, big tomba, 49" high). Lars was really helpful, he played every sitar in the house over the phone for me hours and hours of phone calls, man he has patients!

The MPS and srishtis, either was fine by me! They are very similar, same guy does the jawari, ( they probably buy the bodies at the same place) just decor is different. I'm playing it a lot now to break it in. It should take a few months before it really comes alive, but everyone says even after 2 days, that it sounds so much better than the old one. I love the big upper tomba!

Thanks for the support! I won't let one stalker ruin my fun here, don't worry. I jamming the whole weekend for sure,
take care,
Pb


andowe (Feb 21, 2004 04:50 p.m.):
Yo! pb, congradulations on your new sitar!!!!. Wow, lots of new instruments around here.
The Calcutta trad. is stunning. How does it play feel sound?
I was really taken with that paticular sitar and had orginally ordered it's little brother, the Standard. Then changed for the MPS Rose petal, which I'm totally in love with ....... however I still wonder .......well you know how it is.
In reference to another thread here, I've read many of your posts on this board and I think the value of your contributions are recognized by most everyone. Uncle Ken said it all. It looks to me like you've not let anybody's negativity affect you and that speaks volumes to your chacter.
I hope you're jamming on your sitar right now cause that's what I'm about to do, so we'll be playing at the same point in time. Sat nam pb, I love you.

Peace, love and light to ALL
Andy
pb
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 22, 2004 11:19 a.m.


One thing I noticed that is a really nice touch is that the chikari post is not between Pa and Da, but above Pa. This is well thought out. If you move your frets to play bhairavi, you might not be able to reach Da komal because of the post, or end up with a horrible angle. My old sitar had this problem. The tarab pegs are all in the right spot too, so they don't get in the way of the parda (like my old one). Sweet sitar.

Pb

Remco
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 22, 2004 12:55 p.m.


Cheers with your sitar!!!
How does it balance with the upper tumba? Or are you playing the sitar without it? My teacher leaves of the upper tumba on the sitar for her students, apparently for an easier balance.

Peace,

Remco

pb
Re:New Calcutta Traditional arrived! Feb 22, 2004 04:14 p.m.


Hey Remco,
thanks. I have the balance ok now. I try to always play with it on so that I am used to it, although I am too lazy to bring it to class;-) The main tomba is much bigger than my old one and the tabli is wider (14"), so I think that has a lot to do with ease of balace. My old sitar had a spun wood upper tomba, and I found it hard to balance that one. The real gourd tomba seems lighter than my cheapo spun wood one, so maybe that is part of it too. I have heard that there are some ultra light spun wood ones around though, like the one RS plays with, but I will try to stick with the real ones.

How about you? That surbahar has a little foot on the main tomba right? Does that make a difference in balance?

Pb

Pb

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