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Sillofthedoor

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A sitar of his, not many frills but nice, especially sparse headstock, one fret short of a modern set, on ebay here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sitar-/161970329442?hash=item25b62f1762:g:~WwAAOSwoydWteXF

says "Master sitar maker Nobo Manmooto Das" in the ad..
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Did you find anything more out about this maker from the ebay seller? I have been wondering about who it might be. The son of Dulal Kanji of Oriental Musikraft is called Nobo but it's not him. There doesn't appear to be a label and the name doesn't ring any bells with me.
Perhaps the maker has worked for other more known makers and hasn't gone into business himself aside from making occasional ones like in this ad. Perhaps he is a master maker but isn't known outside a small circle in Kolkata (I doubt this). Perhaps it's just a complete fabrication for the ebay ad. It would be interesting to know.

Here's another name I've never heard but came across recently: Akhatar A Satarmaker. Does anyone know this maker?
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And does anyone have info on this Miraj maker? Thanks.

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HA HAAAAAA

Chek diz out

http://www.karaseksound.com/ShowDetails.php?ID=IMG0072

sitarfixerji's 1st sitar - recently reaquired from a magnificent collection.
I've played it (poorly)
heard it played (wonderfully)
Checked out all details & fittings - From the write-up this is the grandfather (& probably now great-grandfather) of the finest makers in Miraj today.
This is a magnificent sitar that if you have a chance to score - RUN DON"T WALK - Gather your shekels & grab it quick. You'll be glad you did.
For more info contact Sitarfixer (or maybe he'll chime in :wink: )

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katyrow

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Woooow! Thanks for posting. This is a different sitar though -- same badge. The other interesting thing about Tony's is that the pen work on the strike plate is identical to what Waseem is doing today in Miraj. Thank your very much for responding.
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Sillofthedoor

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Back to this Nobo character (Ok I know I'm the only one discussing this,lol).

I wrote to the seller an Italian guy who bought it from an Italian music store. Looks like a nice shop.

They claim it was made to speck , no frills to keep the price low and concentrate on a good sound.

My instincts tell me its good (and I'm a sucker for full dec), but I am not likely to go and check it out at this stage.

The actual message in broken english:
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The sellers told me the provenience, as this are instrument that as been thought and crafted for him by this artisan
under his request to focus mainly on the quality and power of the sound and save on the decoration to reach the best
value for money. This is is website http://www.naradasuoni.com/.
If you're really interested I can send you more pictures or if possible you can play it. Many thanks M."

*silence for a moment, then everyone carries on chatting as they were*
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Never heard of him in any form or hint. Could be a craftsman or a shop owners name or one-off market instrument etc. This sort of thing happens a lot there. If it was an established maker then someone would have heard about them.

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Nobo - No know ! ! ! * * * * That Miraj sitar is what I'm interested in. The vintage on it will be mid - late 1960's. Tell us more, with pics please if possible !
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Originally Posted by "Sitarfixer"
Nobo - No know ! ! ! * * * * That Miraj sitar is what I'm interested in. The vintage on it will be mid - late 1960's. Tell us more, with pics please if possible !
Hajji Abdul Karim was famous for his tanpuras during the 60's during which it was quite a busy shop. Busy enough to afford him the trip to Mecca and earn the title...They didn't make many sitars but the sitars weren't that great then in Miraj sonically speaking. Mr. Karim is long gone now, his grandchildren still makes tanpuras and do decoration work, etc. That's all I know about them.

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katyrow

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This photo is on Wikipedia with the following description: Prof Haji Abdulkarim Ismailsaheb & Sons, Satarmakers Miraj, male vocal tanpura.

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I hope Tony doesn't mind me quoting what he said here about his in 2004: I had to sell my Miraj sitar when I left the USA. That sitar had the best sound of all in my collection, including a 1962 Hiren Roy Teak machine, a 1974 Hemen machine and various other "high end" models.
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Major score - a mid 60's Miraj tanpura in great condition from that particular maker. Had I seen this, I would have jumped on it. Congratulations ! Thought this was a sitar in reference to the earlier pic above.
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Look again at my post. The tanpura photo is just from Wikipedia. I thought is was interesting because it was from the same maker and Lars had referred to their tanpuras in his post. Sorry for the confusion.
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Haji Abdul Karim arrived today. Will polish frets and restring this weekend. Plan to leave cosmetics untouched.

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