Harmonium Bina Kirtan Classic

The Bina Kirtan Classic is a good choice for beginners and kirtan singers. Its main features are equivalent to our Tirupati Kirtan Classic, as well as other similar models of other brands.

EU: 589 € (incl. bag)
incl. VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 12,90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 494,95 € (incl. bag)
plus 12,90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

Thanks to Krishna Das or Jai Uttal, the design with fold-down bellows, integrated case, double reeds and simple stick keys is a classic in the western kirtan scene. Its simplicity makes it both inexpensive and robust. Double reeds, octave couplerand three drone notes provide a full, brilliant sound. The folding mechanism makes it so compact that you can still carry it with just one hand.

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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 (bass) register C2 - F5, middle (male) register C3 - F6
- 3 register stops for separate or combined use of middle and low register
- 3 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

BINA was founded by Gian Singh in Delhi in 1935 and is one of the most renowned harmonium makers worldwide nowadays. The son of Gian Singh, Avtar Singh, and his two sons J.P.Singh and Daljit Singh are running the business today. Bina has a big workshop in Old Delhi and is running several retail stores under their name. Bina is able to make high quality instruments, but is also committed to large scale production of simple instruments. India Instruments has occasionally co-operated with Bina since 2010 and imports Bina harmoniums since 2017.

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 often 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 supply custom-made harmoniums with considerably different tunings (e.g. a = 432 hertz). Please contact us if you're interested in that.

Size

Measure (closed case): height 18 cm, width 60 cm, depth 31 cm, weight: 10 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.