This is a 52" Female Tanpura made by Radha Krishna Sharma & Co.. RKS was founded in Kolkata in 1968 and has earned a solid reputation offering well-crafted, professional grade Indian string instruments at accessible price points.
We have spent time with the company owner Saroj Sharma while in Kolkata, and we appreciate the tradition and spirit he maintains running the company. We are very pleased to work with him directly and carry ONLY their "Original" products. (NOTE: "Original" RKS products can be identified with the nameplate reading "Radha Krishna Sharma" and not "Made for...by RKS.")
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. from our Urbana, IL location - Professional Set-Up / Service (available ONLY because we have our products on hand and do not distribute via wholesale / drop shipping companies...this is a BIG deal!) - One Extra String Set
Optional: - Professional Hard Case (add $150 / $500 value - Highly recommended**) - Additional string sets (discounted w/ purchase)
**NOTE: These are super fragile instruments. A hard case is not only good insurance, but NOW is also an optimal time to buy one. The cost of shipping a hard case anywhere in the US is typically over $200 due to oversize package fees. Budget around $500 if you plan to buy one at a later date.
- Overall Dimensions: 52 x 15 x 13 inch - Weight: ~5 lbs - Main Strings: 4 - Color: Nut brown / cedar tone - Finish: Shellac
SHIPPING: Your instrument will arrive safely, and if it doesn't, we'll take care of it. 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: Old Delhi Music carefully curates a selection of only fine quality ethnic musical instruments. Our business is family owned and operated in Urbana, IL since 2010. For the back story, check out this video:
While much of India is rapidly advancing, the Indian instrument manufacturing process remains very old school. 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 vintage 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.