In the Ravi Shankar style, Kanai Lal manufactures a large variety of sitars at different price and quality grades. This particular sitar is there very best, and it is an excellent instrument - one of the better sitars we have seen. This model is fully decorated in an Angur Patta (Grape Leaf) design. Since it represents their very best work, you can be assured it is constructed using only the best components available to the maker - the straightest neck, the largest gourd, the nicest jawari and other pieces. This is an instrument that will sound incredible from day one and age into absolute excellence.
Kanai Lal sitars are well made, and an exceptional value for the quality. These are available from our inventory in the U.S. No special ordering is required. Each one is set up by skilled musicians at our Urbana, IL shop before shipping.
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within U.S. (excludes HI and AK) - Deluxe Fiberglass Hard Case ($249 value) - One Extra String Set - Mirzrabs - Professional Set-Up / Prep
- Overall Dimensions: ~49 x 14 x 12 inches - Weight: 7.5 lbs. - Main Strings: 7 - Taraf/Sympathetic Strings: 13 - Color: Medium Walnut - Finish: Poly
SHIPPING: Our packing methods have ensured that over 99% of the instruments we ship arrive undamaged. Should things not go perfectly, we will get you a replacement, refund, part or whatever is necessary. No problem.
STORE: If you want to buy a great sitar, you're in the right place.
Our passion is to connect people like you with India's very best handcrafted folk instruments, and since 2010, our little family-owned operation has steadily evolved for this purpose.
If you're curious, PBS dug into a little bit of the back story in 2014:
And if you're curious about what we've been up to more recently, our sitar buddy Jeff Starr released this interview in 2021:
While much of India is rapidly advancing, the Indian instrument manufacturing process remains comparatively primitive. From touch ups to tuning, much of what we do at Old Delhi Music is add a layer of quality control to an otherwise non-standardized production process.
We wrote THIS ARTICLE to ensure customers understand and might appreciate this old-fashioned production style, the unique products we carry, and how we're working to ensure genuine quality, despite the odds. It's a quick read, and definitely worthwhile for anyone considering the purchase of a traditional Indian instrument.