INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Bina instruments

 

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Jeff
Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 09:29 a.m.


Anyone ever order direct from Bina in India? Hows the quality of their instruments? I'm interested in the Rudra Veena they have for sale for around $500. Are these playable instruments or tourist type crap?
Jeff
pb
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 10:29 a.m.


Hey beenkarji is back!


Jeff (Mar 05, 2004 09:35 a.m.):
Anyone ever order direct from Bina in India? Hows the quality of their instruments? I'm interested in the Rudra Veena they have for sale for around $500. Are these playable instruments or tourist type crap?
Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 05:42 p.m.


Is it just me or did PB just call me a know it all little kunti who lives with his parents and so sucked up into lies that its impossible to tell fantasy from reality? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, "Well ya got me pegged"


Jeff
pb
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 07:50 p.m.


Haha! No slight intended, I got a kick out of you wanting a been, with your close friendship with beenkarji, pardon the sarcasm

I thought you were going for a surbahar? I don't know how one can physicaly fit between the two gourds unless you play it horresontally. From pics, they look uncomfortable to play. I thought it was sacreligious/inauspicious for a white guy to play the been anyway?!

Pb

Bad Ustad
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 08:12 p.m.


Bina consistantly makes decent tablas and that is about it. For sure, stay away from any of their stringed instruments. Honestly - it's almost impossible to get a decent off the rack Vina from anyone.
Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 08:25 p.m.


Hey PB I want alot of things. I am going for the Surbahar, hopefully by end of March or mid April. I just cant under ANY circumstances let my wife know about it. I'll fight with her after I get it. I'm all for paying the bills and taxes and such but I need my "toys" too. She on the other hand sees it quite differently and thinks I have enough musical toys, as if there ever is enough. Hey,,, at least I'm not in some bar putting $10 bills in some strippers G string 'eh!
She already dupped me on a certain sitar I wanted a few months back and got my $950 I had stashed away, it aint gonna happen again.
Jeff
pb
Re:Bina instruments Mar 05, 2004 09:45 p.m.


Cool. I know the feeling, I want a bunch of musical toys too. My wife says I have enough, but then I bought her a nice ring and she forgot about the srishti $10 is cheap, try the champagne room ! (too much information).

sneak it as you suggested to me before, haha, fight about it later.
Pb



Jeff (Mar 05, 2004 08:25 p.m.):
Hey PB I want alot of things. I am going for the Surbahar, hopefully by end of March or mid April. I just cant under ANY circumstances let my wife know about it. I'll fight with her after I get it. I'm all for paying the bills and taxes and such but I need my "toys" too. She on the other hand sees it quite differently and thinks I have enough musical toys, as if there ever is enough. Hey,,, at least I'm not in some bar putting $10 bills in some strippers G string 'eh!
She already dupped me on a certain sitar I wanted a few months back and got my $950 I had stashed away, it aint gonna happen again.
Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 05:09 p.m.


Hiya Jan, If ya look at harmonycentral.com or themode.com and click on zipcode 08037 or area code 609 respectively and go to the instruments for sale pages you'll see I have a lot of "dust collecors" for sale. 6 and 12 string guitars, dulcimers, some sitars, FX pedals and such.

Ya looking for a nice guitar .
Believe you me, I've been trying to get rid of some of my stuff, only to replace it with new stuff. You can never have enough stuff.


Jeff
rock
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 04:35 a.m.


i tried several of their instruments from their nai sarac store on my last trip to india, but did not find a single been that could be worth 500$. it was all tourist stuff. check out other places to confirm quality.
Ken
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 07:09 a.m.


Jeffji, pb,
Here is a bit of Sage advice on money, given to me by my old music Guru Dr. James Stewart (Phd in Ethnomusicology) who had the most uncanny ability to acquire quality musical instruments at rediculously low prices (which he called his "musical instrument come to me juju", but that's another story)
Oh yeah about the money, here's the advice:
"Money that you spend on musical instruments is not real money, it's not the same kind of money you use to pay bills with."
If you repeat this mantra often enough in front of you wife you just might see her eyes sort of glaze over while she say's "oh what a gorgeous instrument." If that doesn't work then just tell here the instrument is for her like I did with my RR Tanpuri which I gave to my wife for Valentines day . . . course I have to break it in for her...heh heh. . . uncle ken
Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 01:40 p.m.


Unkie Kenjiiiiiiii . I already tried that line on her. She didnt fall for it.
To her "shoe" money isnt real money, she has a distubingly large shoe collection going on for some sick reason.
But I suppose whats mine is ours and whats hers is hers.
Jeff
Ken
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 02:58 p.m.


Jeffji,
Buy her a couple of pairs of shoes that she would just love....and then... buy your next instrument... uncle ken
Jan
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 04:51 p.m.


Howdy Jeff. What about narrowing your focus a little?
If you really want a lot of stuff try not to over-nerd about it, and talk about all the stuff you want/need all the time. Offer to sell some of your dust collectors (the once without any really good reason to hang on to).
Sometimes you need to make mental space for new stuff.
B.t.w if anyone has a roland space echo i would be interested : )
thery are all over e-bay but i want a good as new for a friendly price : )

Jan

Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 05:16 p.m.


Also,,,,,,,,, I want a surbahar
a rudra veena
a saraswati veena
a sarode
a delruba
a harpsichord
a Dyer harp guitar
a hansa veena
one of those RR sitars Lars has for sale and a lot of other things
Jeff
Jan
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 10:09 p.m.


I get your point.
Im just not into having a lot of stuff. Still it would not mind a new Sitar and the space echo : )


Jan

Jeff
Re:Bina instruments Mar 06, 2004 10:18 p.m.


Hey Jan, check out e-bay or that harmonycentral.com you should find your Roland there. Maybe?
Jeff
Matt
Re:Bina instruments Mar 07, 2004 08:18 a.m.


Hey Jeff,

Have you considered seeking professional help?

Just kidding - I have a major collecting habit myself. Here's a thought...most all of the instruments that you mentioned take quite a bit of time and dedication to learn. I'm assuming you won't have the time to do this for all of them, so if you want, say, a rudra veena just to have one and to fiddle around with, maybe it's better to spend $500 instead of thousands. Or maybe not.

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