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Honey

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Just bought this beauty. I'd love to know more about it. From what I've found out so far its a Lahoori Munda style Gandhar pancham, Rikhi ram from 1970s or late 1960s(?)    I had this verified by Rikhiram and they definitely say this sitar was made by them.
 
It had two owners before me, and they both played it semi frequently. First more than the last I think.    There are no cracks at all, no damage other than the tiny scuff from mizrabs.

Could anyone tell me more about it? I'd love to know why all the rikhi rams of the same model on each model vary quite abit from eachother. Different langot materials, same inlay but sometimes not exactly same placement. Sometimes there is matching inlay above and below peghead, sometimes there is not.


Also what is "offset 8"? I've seen this mentioned on similar model rikhi rams?
rikiram1.jpg  rikkiram2.jpg  rikkiram3.jpg  rikkiram4.jpg  rikkiram5.jpg  rikkiram6.jpg  rikkiram7.jpg   photo_2019-06-19_13-54-38.jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-06-53.jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-10-41 (2).jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-10-41 (3).jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-10-41 (4).jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-10-41.jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-10-42.jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-24-29.jpg  photo_2019-06-19_14-24-41.jpg  rikkiram2.jpg 


Measurements are Tabli width 35cm, 14 inches deep tumba, entire length of sitar is 123 cm (4ft), dand width is 9cm.  Its a massive sitar 

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Honey

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Cana Rochbell's portrait.
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Honey

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Thanks Nick P for the bead! Love it.
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David Russell Watson

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What's going on with that first photo? 

For a second I thought someone had taken a buzz saw to your sitar and then tried to glue it back together!  ¦·D

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Honey

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Haha these are actually the pictures that from the seller who sold me it.

I'm guessing he dropped his camera while he was taking picture and didnt bother checking it before uploading or somthing haha.


I'll take pictures when it arrives tomorrow! 😉 
Very excited, doubt i'll sleep tonight haha
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Honey

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Right! After many many chats with many many people we have sorta figured out what style/ type sitar mine is. Apparently its a true lahoori munda style Gandhar pancham.

Anyone able to confirm / deny this? 


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sason

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I have similar sitar to this one. A marvelous sitar.  According to Ajay from rikhi ram, it is from early 70's.

Edit:
Looking again at the pictures. Something looks to me a bit strange. The Sitar has modern brass pins for hooking the strings. Sitars from the 70's have just three (bone) pins. It is possible that they were replaced. 

https://static.wixstatic.com/media/6e6092_b96e7c91121d41f5b1e809602c3173db~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_342,h_420,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/6e6092_b96e7c91121d41f5b1e809602c3173db~mv2.webp
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katyrow

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That's possibly a good catch on the brass langot.  Here are some photos of another instrument for comparison:

https://www.vintagesitars.com/product-page/1960s-rikhi-ram-munda-necklace-offset-8-badged-sitar
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