7Fives wrote:In addition, only very old violins such as strad are good ones. All the newer ones are junk, regardless of the maker.tablafreak wrote:The best sarangis are very old sarangis and not new ones - Regardless of the maker.
Sorry, As much as I like grand sweeping statements, this doesn't hold up. When Stradivari and Amati and Bergonzi and all those other craftsmen made their instruments, they did not leave them to gather dust for two centuries before starting to play them. These days, many luthiers produce excellent instruments, and as they are made from seasoned selected woods they're bound to get better with time. So if Indian instrument makers nowadays are not able to turn out good instruments, it is most likely because of heir limited access to good raw materials and maybe as the accumulated wisdom and lore of builders is waning. It's not something you can pick up on your own, there is a gathering of experience of many generations. Once that is broken, as is happening probably all over the place, a drop in quality is to be expected. Modern economics and lifestyle do not agree with fostering cultural heritage.