The MKS No. 2 is a professional grade, "half-decoration" Karaj Pancham / Ravi Shankar style sitar. Monoj Kumar Sardar & Bros. (a.k.a. "MKS" or "Sardar") is a well established name in Kolkata. This is one of their better sitars. The tone is full and clean with a nice depth and resonance. The action and meend are superb. It feels even and balanced up and down the scale.
We have these in our inventory in the U.S., and they are each set up in our Urbana, IL shop before shipping. They are traditional "Ravi Shankar style" in orientation with 7 main strings and 13 taraf/sympathetic strings. The fit and finish of this sitar is outstanding. The carving and penwork are ornate.
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. from our Urbana, IL location - Hardcase ($249 value) - One Extra String Set - Mirzrabs (for plucking strings) - 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!)
Optional Add-On's: - Upgrade to Hard Case (add $100 / $300 value) - Additional string sets & Mizrabs (discounted w/ purchase) - Sitar Pickup (Add $150)
- 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: 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.