The MKS No. 1 is a concert grade, fully-decorated Kharaj Pancham / Ravi Shankar style sitar. No. 1 grade models are constructed using only the best components available to the maker - the straightest neck, the largest gourd, the nicest jawari and other pieces. Monoj Kumar Sardar & Bros. (a.k.a. "MKS" or "Sardar") is a well established name in Kolkata. This is their very best sitar. The fit and finish of this sitar is outstanding. The tone is incredible.
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: Chestnut brown - Finish: Shellac
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.