Rara Avis Birdhead™ Sitar
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The Rara Avis Birdhead™ sitar, available now, is the least expensive instrument in our range of sitars. Although intended as a beginner's Sitar, The Birdhead features 19 strings and 19 nickel silver fully-moveable frets. The Birdhead is a very playable Sitar as distinct from the many tourist-type items that abound at this modest price.  It has surprisingly good sound and nice finish quality.


  • Double pen-work ornamentation on faux ivory
  • 19 strings
  • Common Indian tuning
  • 19 nickel silver frets
  • Fine tuning bead
  • Price with case, mezrabs, instructional book, and spare set of strings $499 Sweetheart Sale Price $389.00!.
    Packing, insurance and shipping (continental US) $70.00.

OUR SPECIAL PRICE for Rara Avis Birdhead. R.R.P. $499. Our price $389.

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I have been playing music since I was 9 years old, starting with the clarinet and saxophone which has gone to the guitar.  My new instrument is the Birdhead Sitar which I recently purchased from Buckingham Music Inc on October 16, 2004 of this year.  My family and I were watching the "Concert for George"  Harrison on DVD.  The first part of the DVD had the Indian Music Section featuring Anoushka Shankar playing "The Inner Light" by George Harrison on the Sitar, accompanied by Jeff Lynne on the Guitar and this is what got me interested in the Sitar.  The musical instruments in the background are the ones that I currently play, along with the Birdhead Sitar.

Respectfully, Randolph Harry Truempy, Etowah, NC


Here's Mike Strickland Playing his Classic Calcutta type sitar, the predecessor of the Birdhead. Mike is a music teacher in Nashville, TN.

Learn how to play Sitar:
Indian Music videos, tutorials and books.

Free on-line sitar tutorial for beginners.

Learn more about Indian instruments:
FAQ on Indian instruments.

Please direct all inquiries to paula@buckinghammusic.com

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