Purchasing a Mridangam

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Jay_Raz
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Purchasing a Mridangam

Post by Jay_Raz » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:49 pm

Greetings,

After researching the Mridangam for a bit, I've decided to move forward with purchasing one and beginning the journey. Since I live up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, I don't have access to in person lessons. For the most part I'll be learning by dvd and hopefully some trips up to http://www.mridangamnj.com/ since I have family in New Jersey.

I haven't been able to find much information on the web regarding the purchasing of a Mridangam, and was hoping the members of this forum could provide some guidance. So far I've mostly seen offerings from http://www.buyraagini.com whether on their website or Ebay. Thoughts and opinions on their offerings? Recommendations for other sources of purchasing a Mridangam for someone who is in the US would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you,

Jay

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Re: Purchasing a Mridangam

Post by coyootie » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:22 am

look up whatever universities are teaching Karnatic music and contact any mrdangam players/teachers directly.good luck.

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Re: Purchasing a Mridangam

Post by proxmire » Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:29 pm

I wouldn't buy off a website, you never know the quality you will get. There is a a guy named Prafulla Athalye I used to get tablas from when I lived in Boone, NC that was super reliable and got super high quality. I inquired about a mridangam but never ended up getting one. You have to wire money to india, but if you look him up, he is very reputable and is a student of Zakir Hussain. Other than that, there are some importers in the US, but they will not be custom made and usually of lower quality than direct from the maker through someone you trust.

It can get kind of damp up there, from my experience, or maybe it was just the place I lived in, but that can mess with the heads. Also it is hard enough finding a teacher there for tabla, I hope you know someone who can teach you.

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Re: Purchasing a Mridangam

Post by nicneufeld » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:51 pm

Kala Kendar has some reasonably priced offerings:
http://www.kalakendar.com/categories/Mridangam/

However I can't vouch for quality. I'm not a drummer, but I have their nut-bolt pakhawaj just to mess around with. It is at least higher quality than my playing justifies but that may be damning with faint praise...

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