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pepperman

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I could use some of the expertise that is sometimes displayed on this forum. A few month ago I've bought a beautifully sounding teak sitar. The musician who sold it to me assured me that it was a Naskar. I had to believe him because for some weird reasons he had scrapped (or dissolved) all the shellac of the neck and erased the tag plate in the same time.
The sitar is now recovering from a warped neck and other minor injuries at Klaas clinic and here are the views of the operating room :

http://teental.free.fr/sitar/?tag=naskar

So, you who approached so many of those glorious yesterdays instruments, what is your opinion, is it or not a Naskar sitar ?

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Pepper
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Could be Naskar.
Although I am no expert, I own an old Naskar, and my badge is very similar to the one that shows when you click the picture of the side view of the tabli.
The badge looks like a Naskar badge shape, and it appears that it was originally black which would be correct.
It is hard to tell with just pictures of the inside of the instrument.

It would be easier to tell with a good shot of the tabli and decorations on the neck.

Hopefully "Sitarfixer" will pipe in with a knowledge bomb.
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Sitarfixer here ! I applaud your heroic efforts in getting that neck straight. Well done ! The inside of that neck illustrates why I rag on about India standards of construction. The choppy tabli inside surface echoes that sentiment. The badge ( what's left of it ) looks to be a " Naskar's " plate as the size and aluminum indicate. Teak ? Nope ! This is tun wood, not teak. The wood itself is ok with nice grain, etc. Happy to see this old war horse getting the love it deserves.
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It looks very like a Naskar's I sent to a Austrian guy, from Varanasi on this year's trip to India.
Having said that it has a similarity to a so-called Naskar's I have now. Again from Varanasi.

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Wonderful brotherhood of the sitar ! Thank you my elders for sharing your knowledge and for not feeling insulted by my ignorance (mistaking teak and tun !)
This sitar has been a while on the old continent and I don't believe it has transited through Austria.
I will post some more images, once it's convalescence is over.
Thank you again.

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Love pictures. I look forward !
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Naskar or not, Klaas, the great Belgian luthier did a terrific job on the sitar. The richness of tone is amazing, you feel that each note played mobilizes the entire heavy body of the instrument, that the taraf response comes from underneath and is not thrown in you face. The remaining weakness is that the meend range is a little short (four notes), I don't know if it can be improved.
Anyways, the post-operation pictures are on the same page:

http://teental.free.fr/sitar/?tag=naskar

The best to all of you

Pepper
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