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theactor10

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Someone is offering a sitar to me in trade for a guitar that I'm looking to get rid of. The sitar is a Radha Krishna Sharma, which is all I know about it.

First here are some photos of it:

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http://postimg.org/image/am0c2pjul/
http://postimg.org/image/7be1hxg7z/

Now for my questions:

Which model of RKS sitar is it?
How much would it be worth?
Would it be a very good playing and sounding sitar?

I already own a Rhiki Ram Grand Pro Tun Sitar, and I imagine this RKS couldn't be as good, so not sure it would even be a good idea to get a sitar of lesser quality to what I have. Interested to hear your guys' thoughts.

thanks!
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Looks pretty good to me, based on the posted pics. Nice to see the badge not " made for Bhargava " or similar. Your's is an in-house RKS. Nice. Condition looks really good. Those off center two main pegs on nearly all Calcutta sitars continues to bug me as well as the taraf pegs up in the frets 18 - 19 area. Details, I know. These do not affect the sound or quality. Maybe a little fret calibration in the higher register but that's it. Frets look good. Carving and general stuff all look good. Trim looks all flat on the body. They can bubble up here and there. My personal preference - the RKS. Unless the Rikhi Ram is pre 1973 vintage, I'd go with the RKS. Retail used price on this one I can only ballpark guess but $600 - $800 would be right in there I think. Fiberglass case would be a real nice touch !
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It's not vintage, it's one of the modern RKS sitars of unknown origin. Market sitar with a badge from Kolkata. Tony's right about the lack of Bhargava badge so odds are it didn't come via Mid-East, etc. which could mean a little more effort was spent on it.... $600 tops if it has a top gourd and case @ used retail level. Your Rikhi Ram GPT would be much better, even if it's one of the later ones from Sanjay with cheaper bodies he's still a very good fitter/jawari if you like an open sound. Modern RKS sitars usually aren't plug and play and will need attention (or an axe ) but maybe has been tweaked? 1st string looks too low above the first fret which is not good but could be the string is loose....My 2 cents.

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"Attention - or an axe " $600 - tops for used retail - good to know.
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The actor - it is a model "104" - also known as a #2. You can tell this by the more detailed carving on the back of the tumba and by the wider strip of penwork celluloid running up either side of the neck.
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Thank you all for very informative answers.. I'm still on the fence about the trade. We'll see how it pans out.
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