There are three levels of quality for both of these instruments - Standard, Limited Edition and Concert. To do an apples to apples comparison, below I compare the Standard Edition of each instrument.
WHAT'S THE SAME?
If you click on the "Product Specs" tab for each instrument you'll discover the Bhava Classic and Bhava Mini (Standard Edition) are identical when it comes to color, finish, wood selections, one-piece key construction, reed type, reed banks and reed orientation.
Neither instrument comes with a coupler or scale changer. Both harmoniums collapse (fold down) and both come with a padded gig bag (carrying case).
Like all Bhava harmoniums manufactured by Old Delhi Music, each instrument comes with solid wood construction, quality fit and finish, thoughtful engineering and ethical manufacturing.
After playing/using both instruments the key performance differences I see are:
Which one is better for you? It depends. The Classic could be a better fit for you if...
If you don’t meet one (or perhaps two or more) of the above criteria I suggest you get the Bhava Mini. You’ll be delighted with the Mini's sound and sustain (click links above for a more detailed analysis), which will make it easier (and more fun) to chant, learn, and share sacred chant with others. Unless you fit the above criteria you may find that the Classic is more instrument than you want/need.
In my opinion, the Mini is the Goldilocks harmonium - not too big, not too small, and very portable (it easily fits into an airplane overhead bin). The Mini has a full and rich sound, with excellent sustain. In most cases it’s enough harmonium for a Western Kirtan Leader.
Hopefully this blog post helped you narrow down your search. No matter which instrument you purchase be sure to get the FREE Concert (A-440) tuning. This tuning will be much better if you ever want to play with other musicians.
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