Quote: Originally Posted by andy_simpson Agreed, but I wouldn't disregard the monitoring question completely. The 'envelope' of the tabla is hard for both speaker & microphone since the large initial 'excitation' can cause resonances which mask the lower-level concurent sounds - in both microphone & speaker. This would apply in close-miked situations more than in setups like yours or e.g. Water Lily. Reverb will drown a good bit of that. Monitoring is fairly irrelevant for the differences between good and bad I am referring to. I'm not so much talking about sharp transients, but some of the fairly subtle sounds of the fingers moving on the drum. Quote: I've never heard a direct-radiator speaker capable of reproducing even a tourist quality tabla..... Even if this were a great instrument, one would need to have the right technique to really make it sound. Would you let a beginner play you a few samples on a Stradivari for your website...? Quote: Originally Posted by ISedlacek Andy is coming to my studio next week with his wondrous microphones, so I will be able to try them on my acoustic instruments and compare with Schoeps, AEA etc. Interesting... Is there a competent Tabla player around?