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katyrow

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This is the HR that was discussed in a thread on the forum about a year ago.  I ended up being able to pick it up a few months ago.  Max was right that it's genuine and that it needed a structural overhaul. The upper tumba was missing.  The replacement is from an old surbahar and was the largest spare upper I had.  The yoke for the upper is original.  This is an unusual combination of a munda HR that was made originally with an upper tumba.  The main tumba was in several pieces, but was easy to reconstruct.  Fabricated and replaced missing first fret.  Added height and changed the angle of the bridge. Replaced missing langot post.  Repaired cleaved tabli (close to the edge).  Replaced stretches of missing binding.  This is the best-sounding sitar I own.  Is it teak?  Estimates of age?  Thanks.  

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Sweet!!!
That is a beautiful HR. 
Love the tabli. 
Looks a lot like mine, although this one looks a older than mine. 
My HR was built in the 1980s by Himangshu Roy, and it is Teak.
The color is lighter, but they have very similar tablis. 

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katyrow

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The color is lighter than in the photos.  Here are couple under different light that I took while working on it plus a couple from the original listing.  Looks a lot like yours.  Several of the tarab grommets had failed, so the previous owner glued in pieces of wire like mini bridges. Never seen that before.  I replaced the grommets.  

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I am glad you bought that one. 
I kept seeing it on eBay. 
The cracked gullu was worrying, but I figured if you could get it cheap enough, anything can be fixed 
I knew it would be a cool sitar when fixed up. 
I just love that tabli carving. 
My favorite tabli carving is that NB big flower one, but this one is so simple and classy. 

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