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Jillian

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Hi,
I bought this sitar from an exchange student’s family in India about 13 years ago. His family were musicians. We lost touch, and it’s been difficult for me to find instructors and help with maintenance over time. I was thinking about selling it, and getting a newer one.

Things I know about it: A) it has detailed ivory inlay, B) it needs work on the tuning pegs, and C) the only identification mark is a small “A” carved in the top.

Does anyone know anything about this or it’s worth?

Thank you.

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Hi, 

There is no ivory on the sitar. 
The white decoration with the engraved vines is Celluloid, and the other parts are bone. 

Looks like a pretty nice sitar from the pictures. 
The carving is well done, and looks to be of good wood. 

I wouldn't get a new one, unless it is from a very good maker. 
I lot of the new sitars out there are not as good as the older ones. 

You should get a luthier to do a once over and get this one working well. 
Where do you live?
Also, what is wrong with the pegs.
Might just need a little chalk. 
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Behroo

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Hi,
Main Pegs 3,5&6 seem worn, from the picture,
Fret threads worn and snapped,
Secondary Atti looks dislodged(from pic),
Swan beads worn out (neck holes)
Gourd fine, and wood aged, hopefully after peg replacement & Taar-Jiwaari works, may surprise you !
Good luck !!

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Jillian

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This is all very helpful, thank you!
I’m in Virginia.

I’m not sure who the maker is. The only indicator is the carved “A.”

I’ll try to find a luthier.

Thank you!
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One thing that makes me think this is a good sitar is that it looks like it was played a lot. 
The strike plate on the tabli looks well smacked, which is a good sign of a good player giving this sitar lots of play over time. 
The pegs being worn down and pushed in also says it was played a lot. 

Like Behroo, I think this sitar, when set up correctly, will be a really nice player. 
The wood looks like a very nice grade, especially the tabli.
The carving is done by a skilled craftsman.

I dont know of anyone skilled at sitar fixing in Virginia, but might be worth sending it to someone who knows what they are doing.
Sitars are very specific little things that require someone with knowledge to get it right.

The two people I would suggest for working on your sitar are Scott Hackleman or Tony Karasek.
Scott is in the northwest, and Tony is near Chicago now, I think. 
Both are master luthiers for sitar, and are both really nice guys. 

Maybe send photos to them and see what they think. 

Scott Hackleman  -  thehacklemanshop@gmail.com
https://www.hacklemanshop.com

Tony Karasek  -  Horsley42@gmail.com
http://www.karaseksound.com

 
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cwroyds... rightly observed, the Pegs pushed in over the years, say a lot about it being highly used !
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Jillian... the "A" or any name is usually a mark made by the repair person to denote the instrument owner or the shop to whom it is handed over, for easy identification while handing it back to the owner or custodian !
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The two people I would suggest for working on your sitar are Scott Hackleman or Tony Karasek.
Scott is in the northwest, and Tony is near Chicago now, I think.


Fwiw: Tony is living in California now, but he plans to visit the Chicago area perhaps annually.

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Fwiw: Tony is living in California now, but he plans to visit the Chicago area perhaps annually.


Well, that is exciting, as I am in California (San Rafael/Bay Area). 
Don't need Jawari at the moment, but soon. 

I miss living in Los Angeles, as I got to see Scott Hackleman every year on his Jawari tour. 
One of the pain in the neck thing about playing the sitar is getting good jawari work done. 
Scott and Tony are both amazingly good at Jawari. 

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This is all very helpful, thank you!
I’m in Virginia.

I’m not sure who the maker is. The only indicator is the carved “A.”

I’ll try to find a luthier.

Thank you!


It's a 'generic' sitar, the A is the quality level. It may be made by Anil Halder, just a guess.....

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Fwiw: Tony is living in California now, but he plans to visit the Chicago area perhaps annually.


I though he was in Indiana? Maybe he missed the weather.....

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I though he was in Indiana? Maybe he missed the weather.....

Lars

Indeed, I will miss having Tony nearby. I live in Indiana. Fwiw: global warming has made this winter tolerable.

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