Harmonium Tirupati Kirtan Premium

The Tirupati Kirtan Premium is an improved version of the popular Kirtan Classic. The simple design makes it inexpensive and sturdy. It's easy to move around thanks to its compact dimensions in folded state. And double reeds and octave coupler provide for full, warm, bright sound. A good choice for beginners as well as for ambitious kirtan singers.

EU: 659 € (incl. bag)
incl. 19% VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 6.90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 553,78 € (incl. bag)
plus 6.90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The outer bellows are firmly attached - unlike the Kirtan Classic where the outer bellows are a separate part of the folding mechanism and need to be secured with hooks before playing. This makes the entire folding mechanism considerably less sensitive and easier to operate. The whole instrument is collapsible into an integrated, stable wooden box.

Sound sample Tirupati Kirtan Premium
- full melodic range with both registers and cover (jali)
- three-note chords in middle range with cover (jali)
- short melody phrases in middle range without cover (jali)
- short melody phrases in middle range with closed cover (jali)

Features

- 42 simple stick keys
- range of three and a half octaves from C to F
- two reeds in middle and low register for each note
- low range C2 - F5, middle range C3 - F6
- 5 register stops for separate or combined use of middle and low register
- 4 stops for drone notes
- higher octave coupler for particularly bright sound
- multiple fold external bellows with side opening
- removable cover with opening option (jali) over key mechanism
- glossy shellac polish
- folding mechnism into integrated case
- cabinet made of pine wood
- incl. padded bag

Pine wood is the first choice for harmoniums around Delhi and in North Western India. It is much softer than teak wood, which is more common in Mumbai and Calcutta. Therefore pinewood harmoniums often get little dents or scratches during manufacturing, storage or transit to Europe. Such marks are a natural property of the wood and can not be seen as flaws or defects.

Manufacturer / Supplier

TIRUPATI is the international brand name for instruments from Sharma Musicals in Ghaziabad, a neighbouring city of Delhi. Sharma Musicals was founded in 1934 by Jagdish Prasad Sharma and is today one of the leading Indian harmonium makers. The current manager Mayank Sharma runs the business in the fourth generation. Thanks to solid infrastructure, long experience and good quality awareness, Sharma Musicals is a reliable supplier of all harmonium models typical of Delhi and North-West India. Instruments from Sharma Musicals are also marketed in the USA and are sold there under the name Bhava Harmonium. They are recommended by renowned kirtan teacher Daniel Tucker. Sharma Musicals is a partner of India Instruments since 2016.

Tuning

In India, our harmoniums are tuned in equal temperament to Western standard pitch with a = 440 hertz. However, due to lower average air temperatures, they usually sound slightly higher at a = 441 to 442 hertz in Europe. The difference is so small, that even trained ears do not necessarily notice it. Nevertheless the difference may create problems in studio productions or when playing together with instruments with a tuning that can not easily be adjusted. Therefore we offer individual manual tuning to a = 440 hertz (or any other reference pitch close to that) with a surcharge on request. We can also also supply custom-made harmoniums with considerably different tunings (e.g. a = 432 hertz or just intonation). Please contact us if you're interested in that.

Size

Measure (closed case): height 24 cm, width 59 cm, depth 40 cm, weight: 12 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.