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I'm guessing the badge has an "English" named street rather than an "Indian" name. That would put it somewhere in the late 50's - mid 60's. Best guess here.
Amherst street was renamed Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani in the late 60's so before 1970 would be a good guess for the sitar since it appears to have the Amherst street on the badgeSitarfixer wrote:I'm guessing the badge has an "English" named street rather than an "Indian" name. That would put it somewhere in the late 50's - mid 60's. Best guess here.
It's before the mid 90's, probably 80's. He changed the font in his label once he started exporting to Buckingham Music (Peter Cutchey). I don't think he was old enough to have been making sitars in the 60's. Maybe the late 70's....he uses Mistrys for all the work, this looks like a later period. His best work was during the Buckingham years, all the craftsmen left for other work after he raised his prices $800 per instrument and lost all his business in one day. I was there last year and the cab driver called it Amherst street still so the address is ok, Mangla was ill though at the time, there was a single old craftsman who stayed on working on a very nice rudra veena but all the sitars I saw hanging were chalo sitars.
Thanks Lars. I think he was born in 1951. I don't known how old he was when he started making sitars. Here's are comparisons with a 2005-6 badge. The GP is extremely well-worn.
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