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Looks good to me....

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160505535630&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:GB:1123

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Greetings. This sitar may be "vintage" - 20 - 30 years but nowhere near "antique" as is suggested. The brass tailpiece gives that away. It looks original so not a refit. The tabli looks like it's been refinished. Good job but the white birds will need to have the new varnish scraped off as well as some of the other trim. The bridges don't match. I'm guessing the taraf bridge is a more recent replacement. Sapwood peg handles on #1 and #2 - a petty gripe of mine but at least the shafts are solid so they will function fine. THe taraf pegs are all over the place. Not stuck in properly it looks like. "GM Chrysler" ! ! ! The back bit on the gulu - what the #@*& ? ? ? Appears solid but I'd sure get some info on that. If the neck is straight and there are no major cracks, this looks like a good get for BOB 180. I DOOO like that carving. THe tabli stuff very clean and pretty. THe upper gourd wrap around carving - excellent. Deal or no deal - DEAL ! ! !
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Thanks for the rundown, yes those tarafs do look a bit wobbly, and what is that on the back of the gourd?? looks like stain of some sort...? ..but the highlight is the carving, very rich...!!
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Hi Greg
Have already sent a few questions to this seller. I asked about the colour/dye that has spilled over onto the decoration near the langhot & also what looks like paint stripper has been spilt on the gullu/back neck bit!!!
Taraf ARE a bit wobbly but they might not all be in the outer holes right.
If I bought it I would strip it. I think!!
I did ask if it's been refinished. It's certainly been started, maybe someone got lazy. :wink:

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Cheeky bugger didn't allow my comments to stand so I've just asked about a maker's name. See if that's allowed to stand. I can undersatnd why he'd not let the original comment through as it might influence other buyers. YEAH, Like the pics don't show its damage!?!?!?!?

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Seller has just replied to me with this....

Dear Nick,
Thanks for showing interest in this item. The Sitar does not have
a marker's name or any identifiable traits however it was bought
in India.
Manchester is a bit far but if you are definitely going to purchase
than we can come to some sort of arrangement. I will not be
posting as the instrument is quite fragile & do not want it to be
damaged.
I am not to sure what you mean by paint stripper on the back of
the tabli? Also, there is no noticeable discoloration with the two
bird motifs on the front, the lighting in the picture has just
enhanced this for some reason. I can take another photo if you
would like.
Any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Regards,
- nalinvnal

For some reason the pics didn't appear when I mailed him back about the damage re polish on the tabli birds & that paint stripper/// spilled on the gullu. After I posted & went back into MY EBAY the pics appeared so I sent another message saying it was pic 5 where the neck meets the gourd etc.
Although he's not sending, thank God NOT in THAT box as it'd be a bloody jigsaw by the time it got to me, we might be able to meet somewhere, possibly half way at Birmingham.

Tune in for the next instalment of 'Trippy Tracks Down Flash Gord... sorry 'Trippy corners Sitar Seller In Dark Alleyway'.

OOH ERRR

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Tune in for the next instalment of 'Trippy Tracks Down Flash Gord... sorry 'Trippy corners Sitar Seller In Dark Alleyway'.

OOH ERRR

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Nick - sounds like a quick trip in War Rocket Ajax!

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Although he's not sending, thank God NOT in THAT box as it'd be a bloody jigsaw by the time it got to me, we might be able to meet somewhere, possibly half way at Birmingham.
I had two of those boxes that came with sitars that I have owned. They are pretty standard but they are really crap!
Don't know why they make boxes like that. Must be because it is cheap.

is it me or is there a slight curve in the neck (on that 3rd picture)? It might be optical illusion though.....
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Those boxes will work if packed right and then inside a cardboard box. Nick, I'm seeing a bow in the neck also and I don't think it's a photo distortion. Save your rupees for Shivala road, my 2 cents/shillings worth.

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Lars
I know you're probably right on this. If I could get it for less than
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Here's the latest mail back when I asked about the 'defects'.

Dear Sir,
Concerning the 'paint stripper' mark. This mark was present
when the Sitar was bought in India. No paint stripper has been
used on the item. We are unsure what this mark is but have left it
as it is only a cosmetic issue & does not affect the sound. If
wanted it could easily be rectified. The same is true for the two
bird motifs on the the front of the gourd. These seem to have
been made with a darker pearl like material rather than the
typical white Mother of Pearl.

Any other questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Regards,

So there we are then!!!

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Deal Or No Deal...?

NO DEAL. It only went up to
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