This is a Sursargam Vilayat Khan style sitar. These style sitars are tuned and generally formatted differently from Ravi Shankar style sitars. Sursargam instruments are crafted for exceptional quality and value.
We have these in our inventory in the U.S., and they are each set up in our Urbana, IL shop before shipping. This model has 6 main strings and 11 taraf/sympathetic strings. The finish is a warm mahogany / brown two tone. The tone and action of this sitar are both very nice. This instrument is well done and a great value. It is sold with a soft case, but for most, we would recommend strongly considering the addition of a hard case for $100 ($300 value) as an insurance policy. These are definitely fragile!
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. from our Urbana, IL location - Padded Soft Case ($69 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...)
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 lbs. - Main Strings: 6 - Taraf/Sympathetic Strings: 11 - Color: Warm Mahogany / Brown - Finish: Poly
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.