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pb
tanpura recommendations? Apr 19, 2004 05:35 p.m.


Hi,
I am looking at a few instrumental tanpuras. Does anyone have any recommendations or things to look for? I have never bought one before.

(I'm thinking about the non fancy MPS tanpura on sitarsetc and the one on tony k's site to begin with.)

thanks,
Pb

Ken
Re:tanpura recommendations? Apr 21, 2004 08:10 a.m.


Hey Pb,
You might try the MPS that Lars has. As you might know I popped for the RR Tanpura as soon as I saw it and had Lars play it for me over the phone. It was strung with guitar strings and is much louder than the standard strings. Lars did an experiment with the more fance MPS with the Peacock head, changing the strings over, and it worked great.
Also you might check ebay for the odd tanpura from mideast, usually finish damaged, but no big deal for 150 clams.....
By the way you might want to check back with me as I am putting together a Tanpura solo album entitled "Tanpura Hits from the 60's and 70's" by Pt. Haddi Dimage of the Gastonia Gharana, known amongst other pro tanpura players as "Flaming Fingers". Includes a performance of Rag ManoManjari with a 45 minute alap, and a blazing Jhalla.. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). . . . uncle ken.
pb
Re:tanpura recommendations? Apr 21, 2004 01:57 p.m.


Hey Uncle Ken,
Yes, that RR tanpura sounded great over the phone! Glad to hear that the MPS makes a decent tanpura. I'm leaning that way.

I think I would rather pop for the extra hundred and get the nice case and a clean tanpura from Lars than go the mideast route. I asked him about guitar strings on it and he tried it recently and it was nice and loud.

Solo tanpura? I've never heard of that. I am interested. The "blazing jhalla" is you I take it
I'll keep in touch.

thanks Uncle Ken,
Pb



Ken (Apr 21, 2004 08:10 a.m.):
Hey Pb,
You might try the MPS that Lars has. As you might know I popped for the RR Tanpura as soon as I saw it and had Lars play it for me over the phone. It was strung with guitar strings and is much louder than the standard strings. Lars did an experiment with the more fance MPS with the Peacock head, changing the strings over, and it worked great.
Also you might check ebay for the odd tanpura from mideast, usually finish damaged, but no big deal for 150 clams.....
By the way you might want to check back with me as I am putting together a Tanpura solo album entitled "Tanpura Hits from the 60's and 70's" by Pt. Haddi Dimage of the Gastonia Gharana, known amongst other pro tanpura players as "Flaming Fingers". Includes a performance of Rag ManoManjari with a 45 minute alap, and a blazing Jhalla.. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). . . . uncle ken.
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