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Nick Proctor

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For all you sitar -wallahs out there ?!?!!?
Could this lovely old thing actually be an original Hiren Roy???

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It does not look very Hiren Roy to me, but it is pretty cool. 
That carving is very unique.
The tabli carving is quite bold, and the carving on the back is subtle and graceful. 
I like it. 
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BIG thanks again for that C. Gorgeous, isn't it. Can't wait to get it over the BIG pond, so to speak. Haven't been given a price on it yet but.....
Any idea of age?
So might it have been a student of Hiren-ji's?
How many makers actually aren't 'around' anymore?

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Been reliably told by His Greatness Tony Karasek that he's more or less certain it's a genwine Kanailal.
He seemed very pleased with it & suggested a good overhaul !!!

I certainly will do as instructed when it arrives from Varanasi soon-ish I hope ?!!??!
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Stylistically much more likely to be KL than Hiren Roy. 
KL did very similar deep and heavy tabli carving. 
The carving on the back is very skilled too.
Nice instrument

The tabli carving on this KL on Tony's website is quite similar in style.
http://www.karaseksound.com/ShowBigPic.php?ID=IMG0175

If it turns out to be a real KL, it is odd that your supplier decided to put a Hiren Roy badge on it. 
After all the random sitars he has slapped a KL badge on, this one is by far the most likely to actually be one. 

Congrats on the find. 
It is a cool sitar regardless of maker. 
Hope it sounds good too. 



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Exactly as was said by Tony.

BTW MY supplier is Vijay in Varanasi but HE leaves on any plates for me to decide what to do with them. They are almost exactly what HE receives from them whether it be Kolkatta or anywhere. The guys who send them to him don't seem to know about names etc. Most if not all the name plates look as if they've been on decades with the muck & dirt. HONEST INJUN ?!?!!? LOL

I just KNOW it'll be a fantastic sitar & BIG thanks for your evaluation.
Shall report back when it arrives.

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Just went to that link & HAVE seen THAT one before. Certainly very similar tabli carvings to 'mine'.

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