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It is interesting what can happen to a sitar when you change the pitch a little.
My main playing sitar worked great at D, but my teacher asked me to tune down to 30cents below D because he had a concert and did not want to retune his sitar.
For some reason my sitar came alive at that tuning.
The sympathetic strings really ring out at every fret.
I guess sitars all have their own tuning "happy place" where their natural resonance is greatest.

Yes, it is hard on the fingers.
When I used to tune to D my fingers would get much more sore.
Even my slight tune down makes a difference.
BUT that is part of playing the sitar.

You may not be able to do a 6 note meend, but I think that is pretty normal.
I think most sitars only get a around 5 note meend.

As for playing with other musicians I would look for a LARGE sitar that is happy tuned to C, or find musicians who are comfortable playing in C#. LOL
If your pianist has an electric keyboard, it might have a pitch shift that can allow him to play in C# while still fingering in C.

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I have been playing both the Naskar and Rikhi Ram more and they are both now more settled.

I think the Naskar is more brilliant and I think has a better overall tone

This is how the Rikhi Ram sounds after the jawari has opened up a bit

They are both great sitars and I don't really have a favorite - they seem to encourage different things when I play but I still want a Hiren Roy that can really pay kharaj and laraj.

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It all depends on your sitar. some sound better when its open and some sound better when its closed. Practice with a cheap bridge first
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