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    Quote Originally Posted by Spruce View Post
    Anyone contacted them about sending a few instruments over here??
    I haven't spoken with Tulsi but I have been in touch with a couple of his local customers. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on an instrument or two. His phone numbers are right there on the Web site.

    Anyone planning a trip to Chennai?
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    there is no doubt about how brilliant srinivas is, in playing his style of mandolin, its quite unique and he is a real innovator. here in india, he is very popular in south india and many places across the globe but sadly we dont get to hear much of him in north india... perhaps because south india and north indian classical are quite different sounding. i am from kolkata (north) and have never seen or played the srinvas model. snehaish mozumder, (i am cureently learing with him), plays north indian classical style and has made is own designs of the mandola. i have one of them and its good for this style of music. u cant react to finishing and wood work for the price u get it for.

    i think the mandolin and guitar makers in india are still not making instruments that meet world standards. but they are made for a particular style/sound. and it works.
    two reason, one is the price in kept at bare minimum. and secondly the mandolin is not an indian instruments. i am sure u wont get good tablas and sitars and dotaras in the US or Germany.

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    Good tablas maybe. I see sitars and sarods here and there but I don't know how good they are.
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    Could you tune it comfortably in 5ths? I've heard that their bridge is intonated to suit Indian open tuning. How much did you pay for it? How much would a low end version cost?

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    Was it difficult to tune to fifths??

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    Quote Originally Posted by varun19r View Post
    Was it difficult to tune to fifths??
    Mine was tuned in fifths when I bought it. No issues there.

    I do think it would benefit from different wiring, shielding, and perhaps a better pickup...but I'm keeping it as is. I have my Schwab 5-string dialed in for when I want to play electric.

    When I was in Chennai about a year or so ago I met with Aravind Bhargav and he let me know that professionals like him get their mandolins from a specialized builder with a very long waiting list. I believe that these are not commercially available.

    I think the pro instruments have a much higher build quality, but the electronics still could also benefit from updating. I brought Aravind a blade pickup that is much cheaper in the US and he had it installed on his. I haven't played one myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varun19r View Post
    How much did you pay for it? How much would a low end version cost?
    Mine was incredibly inexpensive...like $90.

    Larry

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    Woah, that is totally cheap for a solid back electric mandolin. If I get it at nearly that price, I'll buy a good acoustic one too. I had contacted a mandolin player from Bangalore (my city) who plays a Tulsi. He had told me that they do ship to Bangalore if a request is made.

    When did you buy it? Did it come with a single-coil pickup?

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    Oh, I went through another thread of yours and came to know that it was purchased way back in 2007. The price might have been doubled by now. But I'm okay with it, as long as it's of good quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varun19r View Post
    Oh, I went through another thread of yours and came to know that it was purchased way back in 2007. The price might have been doubled by now. But I'm okay with it, as long as it's of good quality.

    Regards
    Varun

    Varun - did you order one? I planning to order.

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    Larry - I'm a huge fan of Aravind Bhargav; happy to read your note above

    Any new update on these 5 stringed Mandolins from Tulsi? Do they ship?

    The shape is unique and would they have a hard case to suit them?

    Any info would be great - many thanks

    Madhu

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