The Naeem No. 1 Teak sitar is a masterpiece. Along with unmatched natural beauty, Teakwood brings unparalleled clarity to this instrument's voice. Like all Naeem models, no corners are cut - the resonant toomba is a real gourd, the Jawari and tuners are real bone... This is the very best from a renowned Miraj maker.
Naeem Sitarmaker maintains integrity and artistry using only locally sourced materials and honing them into fine quality instruments, as has been the tradition in his family for over 150 years.
These are set-up with care and shipped only from our U.S. location in Urbana, IL. We do not drop ship.
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. (excludes HI and AK) - Deluxe Fiberglass Hard Case ($249 value) - One Extra String Set - Mirzrabs - Professional Set-Up / Prep
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.