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coyootie

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/beautiful-sitar-with-case-and-stand-/122093722040?hash=item1c6d5a59b8:g:En8AAOSwgZ1XuNx0

apparently this sitar has some mystic properties that the seller wishes to keep under wraps.gosh-one this valuable, I'd certainly at least post better images!
at least it's being listed as 'make offer'. i hope nobody outbids my $25.
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I saw that too. Perhaps the stand is $11,900 and the sitar is $100. They could have at least slapped a fake Kanai Lal and Brother badge on it, like everybody else seems to do.
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The point of pricing like this is to get people to post about the crazy price on forums. Interested parties then contact the buyer to arrange a sale outside eBay, saving both buyer and seller money.
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here's part of the response I got about this sitar... can't wait to find out who played it-Mahatma Gandhi, Raviji, George Washington, Jesus, George Harrison,etc.of course the seller will be able to provide incontrovertible proof of this special player in the form of photos, documentation, and all nicely notarized.sheesh.


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I'm curious what is so special about this low quality,not very valuable sitar?
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Guys, 10% goes to charity! This is a seriously altruistic ebayer, I think we should support that, and maybe up our offer to $30.
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Quote seller :

This instrument is special. Please be a special buyer

haha

This is the kind of 'sitar' the tourist shops in Agra sell to hippies after plying them with lots of ganja. Works every time.

Now here is an interesting one :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hiren-Roy-Son-Cal-Sitar/122100531124?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D37252%26meid%3Da1a60a9c87a441b8a5541ea0dbbda0b6%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D18%26sd%3D162180394100

Believe it or not, this is very likely a real Hiren Roy. It is teak and HR often used to finish his teak sitars in this color. The nut and tailpiece look right, actually everything looks right. Upper tumba is missing. This was probably made to order for someone who wanted a UVK style sitar in teak with an upper tumba.
It is in very bad shape but could be a great project if you can get the price down . I would pay 200 US on the spot.
Someone should take this on. Worth saving !

PS had another look, no doubt about it, this a real HR.

Katyrow, your next project ?


PS had yet another look, wow, this could be great. Much work but this should be saved ! Old, well matured teak, could turn out to be spectacular.

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Max,

That HR looks very similar to my teak HR.
Mine is a hybrid GP/KP so mine has more decoration, but the color etc is similar.
Might be a nice sitar once fixed up.
Mine gets better and better.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/carletonroyds/sets/72157620484854523/
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I'm wondering, though, what kind of trauma would have caused such a straight fracture at that angle across the gullu and through to the tumba without other apparent damage to the tumba. Seems unusual to me. The impact point may have been at or near the neck joint rather than further back. The tumba was repainted as some point, so who knows what's going on with it. It would be fun to find out, that's for sure.
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It's a HR , sure.

Major structural damage but not a problem. Tabli is ok, that is all that matters. Perfectly fixable, just takes time. Complete disassemby required.
Yeah I wonder too what happened. Whatever, great project. Somebody fix this but please french polish only !
Offer the guy 100 bucks. 200 if he finds the upper tumba.

Carleton, wow, isn't yours one of the most beautiful HRs ever made. Gasp.

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Max, I think it might be, at least for my tastes.
It had never really been played before I got it as the previous owner bought it and then put it in the closet for a couple of decades. It is just now finally opening up and it sounds better than ever. It is amazing how a sitar can suddenly bloom into a different instrument. The wood and decor are stunning, but the sound is what matters. This sitar sounds amazing.
Every time I see Partha Chatterjee he tries to get me to sell it to him. He plays it and then says, "Wah, you can hear every grain. This sitar is my expression"
I feel bad for not selling it, but I would never do it. I could not really replace it.
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It's too gorgeous to sell, I agree.

I like teak. It's different and hard work initially. A teak sitar is different. If you get it fired up it's a treat.

I am still addicted to my Mohan Singh. 15 inch tabli, big voice. Love it.

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This Naskar looks like it could be a nice little sitar too.
The tabli carving is well done, and can bee seen best in the later pictures from the side
The only real damage I can see is a little bit on the side of the toomba.
http://ebay.to/2cpZFXg

It is very similar to a Naskar I have.
Mine has a huge toomba.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carletonroyds/albums/72157638816340145
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coyootie

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in re: the Naskar from the seller in Delhi on ebay- I had a VERY bad experience with him as did another buyer,read about it here on the forum,you would be taking a major risk to buy form this person.
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I personally know Shaan in Delhi so if you have ANY problems......

Nick
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katyrow

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Others have had good experiences with him as well.
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