From experience we have found that newly built instruments are more robust . An old sitar can have a very nice matured tone but the pay off for this is that it usually requires more careful tuning (c# only) and more maintenance. So generally we tend to recommend the recently made, new or newly reconditioned instruments that can be tuned up to D . Playing an old, antique, sitar is only worth the cost if it remains durable enough to play.

Checking for quality

Before bringing any Indian instruments over into Europe (old or new) they are always checked for quality by our musicians. We wouldn’t buy an instrument if we did not think it had a good sound quality.

We have connections with a master of Jawari, (the art of setting of the bridge); Raul Nath Ji of Varanasi. Raul is our principle maker and sources most of our sitars. Anand will then check them for quality and then make a judgment. Our business buys directly from the maker, so we act as your quality assurance agent, the only middle business. This keeps our costs reasonable for everyone involved.

Buying a classical instrument from us could be compared with quality usually costing twice the price if bought from more famous suppliers. You can trust that our quality is tested, and although you may not always be receiving a named instrument… be assured the quality is comparable.

“Out of a selection of 10 sitars I find one or perhaps two if i’m lucky that will truely come to be beautiful instruments” -Anand Kumar Mishra.

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