INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: Miniature Tablas?


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Miniature Tablas? Aug 12, 2002 03:02 p.m.

What exactly is the point of miniature tablas? I see them on some sites that sell Indian instruments. Can they actually be played or are they just for decoration? The reason I ask is, several sites have full lines of miniature indian instruments. Sitars, Harmoniums, Sarods, all that stuff. That makes me wonder, are these things actually playable?
Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 12, 2002 05:50 p.m.

Most of the mini's are junk, not very playable, just toys for kids, of for looks. I've seen about five of the drums, & two sitars & they've been junk.........Peace
Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 12, 2002 10:59 p.m.

Yeah tahts what I figured. It doesnt make a whole lot of sense to me to make so many of them if they're just crappy things to leave laying around. I guess they sell though..
Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 13, 2002 04:19 a.m.

Mini tablas are crappy instruments. They are advantageous when you are teaching a child. Not much money spent upfront.
Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 13, 2002 01:09 p.m.

Hi all;
I've actually been looking for a miniature sitar, nothing more than perhaps a foot and a half long, just as a decoration item for a rather bland corner of my sitting room. I've seen one advertised by Mid East Mfg before, but it looks too "toylike" to even bother. Any of you even seen one with enough detail on it to be halfway attractive?
Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 13, 2002 03:51 p.m.

yeah heres a moderately decent looking one -

That site doesnt seem to actually sell them though, I cant find price or ordering information anywhere.

Re:Miniature Tablas? Aug 13, 2002 06:12 p.m.

Thanks. Yeah, this is the same one sold by Mid East Mfg. I see it offered for sale fairly often on Ebay too.
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