Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition
Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition

Bhava Lite Harmonium | Concert Teak Edition

$1,199.00
Available now! 
  • Clear Tonality: Resonating through a solid teak shell.
  • Dovetail Joints: An industry first for harmoniums and a long-time standard for quality cabinetry. Joined perfectly like a puzzle, this method eliminates the need for nails, allowing the wood to resonate without disruption.
  • Timeless Fit and Finish: Beautiful antique brass hardware components and smooth, durable wood finish.
  • Solid Wood Construction: All select grade woods. All sustainably sourced.
  • Thoughtful Engineering: Fine-tuned for optimal performance.
  • Ethical Manufacturing: Built with a focus on quality over quantity. The result of a healthy work culture, mutual respect, great tools, high-quality materials, proud people, and fair wages.

Designed for both performance and timeless beauty, Bhava Concert Teak Edition harmoniums exhibit the very best of what is possible in this instrument.

The Bhava Lite is a minimalist 32-key travel harmonium. Made to sound incredible and last a lifetime, this Concert Teak Edition is a true heirloom-quality build.

This harmonium is simple, reliable, and a joy to play. Whether you are traveling across town or journeying overseas, this is a harmonium you will enjoy bringing along.



Includes:

- Padded Gig Bag
- FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S.
- Learning offers from our friends at the Bhakti Breakfast Club (one month FREE access) and KirtanLeader.com (FREE 3 song course + discount offers)
- Expert tuning and refinement services completed at our shop in Urbana, IL

- Weight: 14.5 lbs.
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 18.5 x 11.75 x 9 inches
- Color: Natural
- Finish: Matte
- Exterior Construction: Select Teak
- Interior Construction: Select Pine
- Box Type: Standard
- Key Construction: One-piece
- Number of Keys: 32
- Reed type: Punjabi-style, Classic Premier
- Reed banks: 2 sets (Bass, Male)
- Reed orientation: Horizontal
- Stops: None
- Drones: None
- Coupler: None
- Scale changer: None

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 makes buying a quality harmonium, tabla set, sitar, or any other Indian instruments easy

Our business is family owned and operated since 2010. In the U.S., we are a small team of musicians dedicated to refinements and customer support. In India, we’ve built relationships with many of the country's best musical artisans and founded a workshop where our staff ensures quality.

We sell and ship the best Indian instruments available on earth throughout North America and globally.

For the complete back story, check out this video -


For more on our founder and origin story, this video was produced in 2014 for the PBS "Indie America" series -

It's a shame when we receive harmoniums purchased elsewhere and have to bill someone a couple hundred dollars for the work we would have included for free...


Harmonium Tuning

Q: How long have you been doing this?

A: Since 2010.

Q: How'd you get started?

A: Our first "factory checked" shipment of harmoniums arrived needing some serious attention. Rather than selling bad products, we went to work learning how to make them to sound great and we've been improving at that ever since.

Q: So you know what you're doing?

A: Yup. We know how to bring just about any harmonium to it's full potential.

Q: Shouldn't that be the builders job?

A: The builders put the instruments together, and we mostly work with people who do that well. Our job is refinement - we coax the good sounds and feels out by manipulating this and that - scraping here, turning there. On a Kolkata-style box, that process can consume an entire day. On a standard twin reed, 3-4 hours is pretty typical. It's a process, but when you've drawn out all the goodness, it's totally worthwhile.

Q: But is it really practical to do this with each one?

A: Well, "The Harmonium Handbook" does say that fully retuning "an entire harmonium" (even a two reed) is impractical. But we do it anyway...every single day.

Q: Is it tedious?

A: Sure. But it's also fairly meditative, and the days go pretty fast.

Q: So it's worthwhile?

A: Absolutely. Taking an instrument that's "decent" to awesome in a few hours is good work. No question.

Q: I've shopped around, and your prices are pretty competitive. Given the level of service you're talking about, how do you do it?

A: We do pretty good volume, and we don't have a storefront, so we keep our expenses low.

Q: Any other competitive advantages to note?

A: Definitely. We are THE ONLY shop anywhere that offers custom, hand tuning services for ANY new two, three or four reed harmonium. Only one competitor offers a similar service, and that's only for a couple of their two reed models.

Q: But don't all the others claim to have A440 tuned harmoniums?

A: Many competitors advertise harmoniums that are "~A440" or "A440+/-...", but for true precision and accuracy, every single reed must be touched, allowed to settle, and refined until the tuning is stable. The process takes time, and it can't be rushed or sit too long in a warehouse waiting for eventual fulfillment. Quality, custom set up and tuning can ONLY be completed on a per-order basis, which means you'll have to wait a few extra days. It's NOT a service you can offer via Amazon Prime.

Q: Tell me about your tuning options?

A: We can do anything. But in general, we offer these three options:

- Equal tuning (Free): An Equal or Indian tuned instrument can be played with other instruments as long as they are tuned to match the harmonium. To complete this basic service, we determine roughly where the instrument is already settled out, which is typically higher than A440 and generally out of tune up and down the scale. Once we know about how it is generally pitched, we check and adjust each reed individually as needed and then match octaves along with common intervals. Altogether, it's a lot of small to medium adjustments and in the end, we have generally touched 75-100% of the reeds to get everything in tune. This is our standard approach.

- Concert Pitch / A440 tuning (Optional; fee varies): A Concert Pitch tuned harmonium will match the default tuning for Western Instruments, meaning this is a very versatile tuning choice. For this service, all reeds are retuned up and down to scale to correspond with Concert Pitch standard tuning where the middle A note resonates at 440hz. This service requires additional wait time since we have to first tune everything once, allow it to settle out for a day or so, and then go back through it again to make finer adjustments similar to what we do when Equal tuning. Only in this case, we are Equal tuning so that everything is pitched to correspond right with A440.

- Cosmic Pitch / A432 tuning (Optional; fee varies): A Cosmic A432 harmonium will work only in conjunction with other A432 tuned instruments. This is a newer service, and we offer this for only select harmoniums that handle this tuning well. With this service, all reeds are drastically retuned nearly a quarter tone below Concert Pitch to match a middle A resonating at 432hz., which is said to be a frequency that resonates in true harmony with the universe. This service takes a week+ to complete.

Q: Do you believe the hype about A432?

A: It does sound pretty deep and beautiful when it's done, but who knows...

Q: What aren't you guys good at?

A: We focus on the instruments, which means we often times lag on website updates. And social media is definitely a priority...

Q: So what's the best way to contact you if I have additional questions.

A: Give us a call or send an email.

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.

Thank you,
Old Delhi Music

      Description

      Designed for both performance and timeless beauty, Bhava Concert Teak Edition harmoniums exhibit the very best of what is possible in this instrument.

      The Bhava Lite is a minimalist 32-key travel harmonium. Made to sound incredible and last a lifetime, this Concert Teak Edition is a true heirloom-quality build.

      This harmonium is simple, reliable, and a joy to play. Whether you are traveling across town or journeying overseas, this is a harmonium you will enjoy bringing along.



      Includes:

      - Padded Gig Bag
      - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S.
      - Learning offers from our friends at the Bhakti Breakfast Club (one month FREE access) and KirtanLeader.com (FREE 3 song course + discount offers)
      - Expert tuning and refinement services completed at our shop in Urbana, IL

      Product Specs

      - Weight: 14.5 lbs.
      - Dimensions (L x W x H): 18.5 x 11.75 x 9 inches
      - Color: Natural
      - Finish: Matte
      - Exterior Construction: Select Teak
      - Interior Construction: Select Pine
      - Box Type: Standard
      - Key Construction: One-piece
      - Number of Keys: 32
      - Reed type: Punjabi-style, Classic Premier
      - Reed banks: 2 sets (Bass, Male)
      - Reed orientation: Horizontal
      - Stops: None
      - Drones: None
      - Coupler: None
      - Scale changer: None

      Shipping & Store Info

      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 makes buying a quality harmonium, tabla set, sitar, or any other Indian instruments easy

      Our business is family owned and operated since 2010. In the U.S., we are a small team of musicians dedicated to refinements and customer support. In India, we’ve built relationships with many of the country's best musical artisans and founded a workshop where our staff ensures quality.

      We sell and ship the best Indian instruments available on earth throughout North America and globally.

      For the complete back story, check out this video -


      For more on our founder and origin story, this video was produced in 2014 for the PBS "Indie America" series -

      Custom Options & Value Adds

      It's a shame when we receive harmoniums purchased elsewhere and have to bill someone a couple hundred dollars for the work we would have included for free...


      Harmonium Tuning

      Q: How long have you been doing this?

      A: Since 2010.

      Q: How'd you get started?

      A: Our first "factory checked" shipment of harmoniums arrived needing some serious attention. Rather than selling bad products, we went to work learning how to make them to sound great and we've been improving at that ever since.

      Q: So you know what you're doing?

      A: Yup. We know how to bring just about any harmonium to it's full potential.

      Q: Shouldn't that be the builders job?

      A: The builders put the instruments together, and we mostly work with people who do that well. Our job is refinement - we coax the good sounds and feels out by manipulating this and that - scraping here, turning there. On a Kolkata-style box, that process can consume an entire day. On a standard twin reed, 3-4 hours is pretty typical. It's a process, but when you've drawn out all the goodness, it's totally worthwhile.

      Q: But is it really practical to do this with each one?

      A: Well, "The Harmonium Handbook" does say that fully retuning "an entire harmonium" (even a two reed) is impractical. But we do it anyway...every single day.

      Q: Is it tedious?

      A: Sure. But it's also fairly meditative, and the days go pretty fast.

      Q: So it's worthwhile?

      A: Absolutely. Taking an instrument that's "decent" to awesome in a few hours is good work. No question.

      Q: I've shopped around, and your prices are pretty competitive. Given the level of service you're talking about, how do you do it?

      A: We do pretty good volume, and we don't have a storefront, so we keep our expenses low.

      Q: Any other competitive advantages to note?

      A: Definitely. We are THE ONLY shop anywhere that offers custom, hand tuning services for ANY new two, three or four reed harmonium. Only one competitor offers a similar service, and that's only for a couple of their two reed models.

      Q: But don't all the others claim to have A440 tuned harmoniums?

      A: Many competitors advertise harmoniums that are "~A440" or "A440+/-...", but for true precision and accuracy, every single reed must be touched, allowed to settle, and refined until the tuning is stable. The process takes time, and it can't be rushed or sit too long in a warehouse waiting for eventual fulfillment. Quality, custom set up and tuning can ONLY be completed on a per-order basis, which means you'll have to wait a few extra days. It's NOT a service you can offer via Amazon Prime.

      Q: Tell me about your tuning options?

      A: We can do anything. But in general, we offer these three options:

      - Equal tuning (Free): An Equal or Indian tuned instrument can be played with other instruments as long as they are tuned to match the harmonium. To complete this basic service, we determine roughly where the instrument is already settled out, which is typically higher than A440 and generally out of tune up and down the scale. Once we know about how it is generally pitched, we check and adjust each reed individually as needed and then match octaves along with common intervals. Altogether, it's a lot of small to medium adjustments and in the end, we have generally touched 75-100% of the reeds to get everything in tune. This is our standard approach.

      - Concert Pitch / A440 tuning (Optional; fee varies): A Concert Pitch tuned harmonium will match the default tuning for Western Instruments, meaning this is a very versatile tuning choice. For this service, all reeds are retuned up and down to scale to correspond with Concert Pitch standard tuning where the middle A note resonates at 440hz. This service requires additional wait time since we have to first tune everything once, allow it to settle out for a day or so, and then go back through it again to make finer adjustments similar to what we do when Equal tuning. Only in this case, we are Equal tuning so that everything is pitched to correspond right with A440.

      - Cosmic Pitch / A432 tuning (Optional; fee varies): A Cosmic A432 harmonium will work only in conjunction with other A432 tuned instruments. This is a newer service, and we offer this for only select harmoniums that handle this tuning well. With this service, all reeds are drastically retuned nearly a quarter tone below Concert Pitch to match a middle A resonating at 432hz., which is said to be a frequency that resonates in true harmony with the universe. This service takes a week+ to complete.

      Q: Do you believe the hype about A432?

      A: It does sound pretty deep and beautiful when it's done, but who knows...

      Q: What aren't you guys good at?

      A: We focus on the instruments, which means we often times lag on website updates. And social media is definitely a priority...

      Q: So what's the best way to contact you if I have additional questions.

      A: Give us a call or send an email.

      Disclaimer

      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.

      Thank you,
      Old Delhi Music