it's been 3 years that I have.
I bought it in Bombay (sardar patel road) in 2010. This is the only time I've tried sitars. It sounded better and was in my price (€ 15,000 rupies/280 with flycase).
It was made a Kalcuta, a city renowned for its makers.
I course fee for 3 weeks every day.
Despite my lack of experience on the subject, I find truly magical sound.
Especially when all the sympathetic strings are perfectly in tune, which takes a little time.
I have already done some recording and rendering is really pro (titles "shantini sangit" and "Song for co" on the BandPage "hearing head" on facebook).
It is a sitar gandhaar pancham (17 rope, 11 friendly) slightly thinner than sitars kharaj pancham with severe rope over (ravi shankar). Both agree and play the same way.
I also bought a stock of spare rope.
With experience I will ever be the same choice.
If I Devai return to India, I will buy a tambura and Maihar gharana!