In a message dated 6/21/2001 11:34:12 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: << I play a little tabla. (OK ... they're full-scale, but I don't play them a lot :). When I am *working* on my tabla (you know, studying, memorizing patterns, etc), I use an EDP as a timekeeper. I play the basic tal into the EDP then practice on top of it. Works great! >> hehe, mine are kinda little tabla but they are played very much... yea I usually sample my tal to practice my kaidas/tukras etc over... it works very well though I do think I will go ahead and buy a tabla machine because I play so much now that it will be worth the investment and it will be good for when I am teaching tabla. very good to hear about other players out there... if anyone wants to continue a discussion of tabla/indian classical music feel free to email me off the list! outro K.