Bhava Classic: Details
Traditional Delhi-style design
Natural lacquer finish
High quality components
3.5 octave keyboard
3 stops, 3 drones
Side folding bellows with long sustain
Two horizontal reed banks with high quality bass and mid reed sets
Sliding wooden volume control board (Jaali)
Collapsible: folds up into suitcase shape
Measures 23.5 x 7 x 12 inches when folded up
Weighs just 22 lbs
Set-up, refinement, and expert tuning by Nic Dillon comes standard
Includes padded carrying case
Free shipping for all continental U.S. addresses! Your harmonium will be set-up and shipped within 2-3 business days. For Hawaii, Alaska or International shipping, please
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Each Bhava harmonium is hand-tuned by instrument specialist Nic Dillon to ensure equal tuning. It will be in tune with itself, with all reed pairs blending harmoniously, and usually a micro-amount higher or lower than concert pitch. If you require absolute A440 (concert pitch), Nic can fully re-tune the harmonium for an additional $50. This isn't necessary for the harmonium to sound great, rather it is an option for those who want their instrument to perfectly match Western Music's concert pitch. To purchase a Bhava Classic with concert pitch re-tuning,
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About Bhava Harmoniums
A note from Daniel Tucker, founder of Kirtan Central: Bhava is Sanskrit for the mood of devotion. Through kirtan, this feeling of bhava expands, becoming the ecstatic mood of awakened union. For us kirtan lovers, a harmonium is like a sweet companion, always beckoning us home to our chant practice, and gently supporting our singing with its lush vibrations.
Nic Dillon, who created Bhava harmoniums specifically for kirtan musicians, is a kindred harmonium lover. Where I took the path of music teacher, he took the path of instrument specialist and curator, so it's super joyful for us to team up here to ensure that our community of chanters are getting the best harmoniums possible.
There are many brands of Delhi-style harmoniums, including Bina, DMS, and others. What sets Bhava apart is a premium build quality, premium reeds and finish quality, and thorough, expert set-up by Nic. The difference is significant. Nic is a humble, hard-working guy who wouldn't say it himself, but in my eyes he is the most dedicated harmonium specialist in America.
When I asked Nic about his harmonium devotion/obsession, he replied, “What interests me most is taking an OK instrument and making it great before passing it along for another musician to enjoy. With my Bhava line, I work diligently to ensure that no compromises are made on wood, reed and component quality, and on the heels of a good manufacturing process, I am intimately involved in the refinement of every single one of these harmoniums. This means I work every day tuning reeds, bending springs, and generally doing whatever is necessary to ensure that no single harmonium leaves my shop until I am personally satisfied with the quality. I'm blessed to get to pour the majority of my time into working on these instruments.”
Nic spends many hours adjusting each harmonium he receives from India, putting each through a set-up process that corrects leaks, adjusts key springs, refines reed tuning and gapping, repairs blemishes, and a long list more. He tells me, "My goal with each instrument is to make it as good as possible, and in the end, if I am happy with my work, that instrument goes up for sale. If I'm not happy (which generally takes at least 4 hours to discover), and the instrument I am working on is just not going to make the cut, it is used for spare parts, which are eventually used for the benefit of another instrument - so not all is lost."
Well, his hard work and high standards pay off! These harmoniums look and sound great. They're what I play now, and I am very excited to connect more chanters with these fine instruments. May they serve you for many years to come!
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