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Sitarfixer wrote:Here's the pick of the litter - the sitar used in Monteray, Woodstock on up into the 90's.
Great pictures and info as always Tony!
I am a little confused though. The fish tail was a Kanai Lal and the one from Monterey, Woodstock until in the 90's was a Nodu? Am I correct? He played all the time on that one sitar?
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Thank you all ! Glad to be able to share with fellow sitaraholics. From the looks of it ( especially the grape leaf carving on the back ) and general understanding, ALL of the "Nodu" sitars Raviji used were original Kanai Lal & Brother instruments. Nodu reworked them with fanatical obsession to the masterpieces they ending up being. The delightful lions that were etched in remained as I've seen other Kanai Lal & Bro sitars with it that Raviji did not have. There is one, maybe more fake badged sitars out there that sport a very crude copy of that lion. A story I heard relates how Nodu claimed "ownership and responsibility" for these amazing instruments. He would "allow" Raviji to use them on stage but after that, Nodu reclaimed them and loved on them like his children. Having spent an afternoon with him at the Kanai Lal & Bro shop, I would not dispute this tale of possession. The "Mojo" all of these Nodu sitars had was amazing. Holding them was like holding somebodies arm ! ! ! Not kidding ! ! !
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Thanks for sharing that piece of history, Tony. Really neat. Great to see so much care and attention went into those instruments.
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