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Nick Proctor

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Sorry to those who saw this when I posted so long ago !?!?!
In regards to this gorgeous EIGHT STRING beauty??? Have brought it out of its box to have a little play again. A wonderful sitar regardless.!!!
That little bridge just before the Taar Gahan?!?!?!

The nameplate says Hiren Roy but I've been told it's not. I think even a message FROM the Hiren Roy camp said it wasn't one of theirs !!! There should be NO PEG between GA Komal & GA Shuddha ???? HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (1).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (2).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (3).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (4).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (5).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (6).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (7).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (8).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (9).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (10).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (11).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (12).jpg  HIREN ROY 8 STRINGER (13).jpg 

So who DID make it then? Lovely sound too. It's been suggested it's some kind of experiment. You can see it has a slightly extended headstock so it's not an 'ordinary' body of 7 strings.

What do you all feel here, please?

Nick aka trippymonkey

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Nick Proctor

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What might it be worth regardless???
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That block at the nut is odd.
They are usually just for the bass strings. 
This one has the block extension for all strings, including the Ma, moving all strings forward by half an inch.
I wonder if that was done to move the bridge back for some reason. 
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YEP I too thought it was something to do with bridge positioning.
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Maybe so frets are all fine as regards their height & the 1st string ?!?!!?
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Now that I look closer, the Ma is not touching the extension. 
There is a second slot for the Ma that would be touching, but at the moment it is riding high on the nut, clearing the extension. 
Odd configuration. 
I don't quite understand why they did it that way. 

Check the neck for twisting. 
Maybe they raised the Ma to correct for the action changing from neck warping. 

Don't know who made it, but it doesn't look like a bad sitar. 
The nut looks thick and solid, pegs look pretty good, and the pinwork is clean and well done.
The tabli carving seems a little heavy handed, but generally OK. 



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Nick Proctor

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Re that nut. Maybe it was placed to raise the strings through so much use/wear before. It seems to have quite some age, no?

When you say heavy handed, do you mean not as fine & detailed as it could've been?
It most certainly ISN'T a bad sitar & has a very good sound response.

Will check for warping.
Many thanks AGAIN !!!!
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We must never forget Pt Nikhil Banerjee often played an 8 Stringer too.
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We must never forget Pt Nikhil Banerjee often played an 8 Stringer too.


But it didn't have an eighth wire on it.  
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You sure about that?
I recently listened to the Pt & could hear more than 3 chikari ?!!?!?
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There was a thread from Max about the NB 8 string. 
https://forum.chandrakantha.com/post/pandit-nikhil-banerjee-and-the-nonexistent-8th-string-9718741
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YES Max hit on the very thing. OK he says he NEVER DID bu then says he MIGHT have but for a while.!?!?!?

I'd heard U Allauddin Khan told him to remove it probably, as Max says, because it lost that 'pure' Maihar sound, whatever the heck THAT is!?!?!?

We must never forget the actual STYLE of the Pandit because, as I feel, he 'stood' precisely HALFWAY between U Vilayat Khan & P Ravi Shankar. 

Allauddin Khan sahb said 'I will teach him differently from Ravi so when you listen to all three very closely together, you can so very easily see the MAJOR differences between Ravi-Ji & Nikhil-Da!

So who's playing ''PURE'' Maihar then?
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