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Bhairava

Looking for a vina

Post by Bhairava » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:06 pm

Hey guys,

I am wondering if there are any rudra vinas out there looking for a new home, I am very interested in devoting a good part of my life learning this rare instrument.

Also if anyone has any recomendations on rudra vina specs or information on makers that would be great as well.

I am planing on the traditional style but an open to a dagar style as well.

Thank you so much!

metope
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Re: Looking for a vina

Post by metope » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:35 pm

Hello,

I have a Veena done by the best veena maker, Kanai Lal. (SEE the post KANAI LAL VEENA FOR SALE)
It is not cheap but we are dealing with a cosmic musical instrument.

All the best,

Fabio.

RobertMaya
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Re: Looking for a vina

Post by RobertMaya » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:21 am

Firstly, you will have to decide whether to get a rudraveena that has been used or is new. If you'd like a nice old been with dark wax frets, growling ivory jawari, and decadent decorations - be prepared to wait years for the right one to show up. The problem with old beens is that some of them are in need of repair or are structurally compromised. This holds especially true for the old bamboo beens out there; bamboo is a grass after all, and the uni-directional grain while resilient is prone to splitting in uneven weather conditions; the risk of splitting increases as the age of the bamboo increases. This cracking may or may not be apparent when you see pictures of the been (maybe they've been hidden underneath paint and lacquer, maybe it's just a hairline) so it might be risky to buy a been and have a small hairline crack lead to a small crack that finally gives way in a cold winter. The best way to chose an old veena - or pretty much any instrument - is to play it. Now, this can be difficult especially considering the amount of traveling one might have to do to find the perfect been, and I wouldn't suggest going through a shady source with terrible pictures and no sound sample. People who have nothing to hide will usually hide nothing (wow that sounds like a famous quote - it's completely mine though). I'm sure the buyer with the Kanai Lal veena will provide you with the information you need (hopefully; I'm not trying to knock him or his advert in any way). There's always a risk one runs with buying old instruments, whether it be a buzzing fret, cracked danda, dented tumba - things happen. I took a good 6 months and played over a hundred violins before deciding (read: investing) on my precious 1932 German beaut. I play classical (western) violin as well as tabla, by the way, so I know my way through the used strings market. TL;DR : Play old strings before you buy them; Always make sure you know what you're getting.

The second choice would be to buy a new pair of strings. By all counts, this is probably the most cost effective and better way to go about things. Beens are intensely personal instruments by nature, so the danda thickness and height, positioning and size of the tumbas, among other things, matter a whole lot. Unfortunately, these are the parts that vary a whole lot as well. Optimally, you'd have your been designed around you like a good suit - but if going to a shop and having that done were so convenient, methinks you wouldn't have posed this question. If you'd like a new (oooo shiny shiny) been on your shoulders, your best bet is to go to a reputable maker and order a veena. I would try to give him your specifications (e.g. I'm 200 cm [in my dreams] and would like a traditional veena that will accommodate my giant size) along with how you want the veena to turn out and the materials you want the veena to be made out of(teak, bamboo danda; colour, special things, etc.). I would try Altab in Miraj, Maharastra for a traditional been, and Carsten Wicke in Calcutta for a dagar. I'm not sure if Carsten builds traditional veenas. I've wanted a veena from Altab for a while, but I have nobody to learn from, so I'm pretty screwed there.

Well - hope this helped or was atleast halfway amusing to read. Here are the links to the people that I mentioned: http://www.altabsitarmaker.com/?page_id=63 for Altabji; I can't seem to find Carsten's shop's site, so here are pictures of his veena making that are super interesting and cool https://www.flickr.com/photos/carstenwicke/

Jah bless,
Robert

trippymonkey
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Re: Looking for a vina

Post by trippymonkey » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:09 pm

Did you get yourself a Rudra Veena after all ??!?!

I have a new-ish Teak Wood Rudra Veena as a possibility....

Nick

Bhairava

Re: Looking for a vina

Post by Bhairava » Mon May 02, 2016 5:42 am

Heya!

Not yet, waiting for the right one, can you post picks?

Thx)

trippymonkey
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Re: Looking for a vina

Post by trippymonkey » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:00 pm

Here's a few on my facebook pages. Do please have a look around on there too as I have several sitars for sale - a lovely Hiren Roy & a wonderful BIG sounding Kanay ?!!!? Lal & Bro !!!
Teak Rudra Veena

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

The KANAY LAL & BRO sitar

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

The really great Hiren Roy confirmed by Tony Karasek himself !!!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

I DO have several more HRs & KLs so please do feel free to have a look in my photos sections.

Nick

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