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nicneufeld

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Congrats on your new purchase!

Sitar for me became a rather all consuming thing...I play a similar variety (perhaps not quite so broad) of instruments as you but once the hooks of sitar really sank in, there is no other instrument I'd be less willing to part with. Seems like a triple negative in there, maybe...anyway, if I had to give up every instrument but one, I'd be left with my sitar.

Lacking a teacher, the Indrajit DVDs are about as good as you can get. Probably better than a number of in person teachers, anyway! And don't forget to listen to the music devotedly, there's nothing better to get a raag into your head than to hear masters perform it (repeatedly). Easier to internalize than just reading the sargam on wikipedia!
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Good luck!!! Some quick tips.

1) Keep you left thumb planted

2) Seek to open and close your stroking hand with the fingers together

3) Use the index finger on the frets as the main anchor point

The above three will probably make more sense once you view the video

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Hi there, I just found a hiren roy sitar on ebay. as excited as i am to get this instrument delivered, i was checking some informations about hiren roy. then i found the hiren roy fake topic. now i am worried, that maybe i paid a lot of money for a fake.
may someone could support me in knowing if i bought a real hiren roy?? thanks in advance!!
here is the instrument

http://www.ebay.de/itm/251180232826?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
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I am no expert but from the looks of it, that is definitely a real Hiren Roy.
It has some nicks in the paint and there seems to be a drill hole in the toomba, but it does not look like anything major.
The good thing is that it looks like it was a players instrument.
This means it will probably be well broken in and ready to play.

With a good cleaning and restring it should be a really nice instrument.
I think you got it for a very good price.
Unless there is something wrong with it, it was a good buy.
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I agree with CW. It carries all the earmarks of a Hiren (probably an earlier Barun like mine, which remains my favorite sitar). The penwork, inlays, tarafs, carving etc. All say Hiren, along with the overall "feel".
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It's a lovely instrument in countless ways. Congratulations to the buyer!
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