Harmonium Comparison: Bhava Studio vs. Bhava Mini

chant at home harmonium Aug 08, 2023

Folks frequently ask if I they ought to purchase a Bhava Studio or a Bhava Mini harmonium. This is an excellent question, so I am addressing it here!

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.


If you click on the "Product Specs" tab for each instrument you'll discover the Bhava Studio and Bhava Mini (Standard Edition) each have the same options of color, finish, wood selections, one-piece key construction, reed type, reed banks and reed orientation.

Neither instrument comes with a coupler or scale changer, and both harmoniums come with a padded gig bag (carrying case). 

Like all Bhava harmoniums manufactured by Old Delhi Music, both instruments come with solid wood construction, quality fit and finish, thoughtful engineering and ethical manufacturing.


  •  The Bhava Mini weighs 16.5 pounds and the Bhava Studio weighs 21 pounds. 
  •  The Bhava Mini collapses (folds down) and the Bhava Studio does not. 
  •  The Bhava Mini has 2 stops and 2 drones (C, G) while the Bhava Studio has 5 stops (Male, Bass, Bass, Tremolo, Male) and 4 drones (C, D, G, A). 
  •  The Bhava Mini is smaller than the Bhava Studio. Mini dimensions (L x W x H) are 19 x 12  x 8 inches (closed), 19 x 12 x 13.5 inches (open). Studio dimensions are 23 X 13 X 11 inches. So, the Bhava Studio is 4 inches longer.
  •  The Bhava Studio has 42 keys while the Bhava Mini has 32. 
  •  The Bhava Studio costs $100 more than the Bhava Mini. 


After playing/using both instruments the key performance differences I see are: 

  •  Sound: the Studio’s sound is even richer, fuller and louder than the Mini. 
  •  Sustain: the Studio’s sustain is even longer than the Mini.
  •  Number of keys: With 10 extra keys the Studio offers more notes to play on the instrument. 
  •  Portability: the Mini is significantly more portable than the Studio which is 4.5 pounds heavier (27% heavier), with significantly larger dimensions and does not collapse (fold down).
  • Durability: while both harmoniums are quite well constructed and durable, the Studio eliminates the need to open/close harmonium as it’s not collapsible. Less "stuff" (the mechanism that allows it to collapse) means less stuff that can break.


Which one is better for you? It depends. The Studio could be a better fit for you if...

  •  You play Qawalli music or another style of music that would benefit from having more range (notes) on the top and bottom of the instrument. For most Western Kirtan leaders the extra keys won’t make a difference. I never use the 5 keys at the bottom and 3 keys at the top of my Mini, which only has 32 keys.
  •  If you plan to leave the instrument in one place and rarely take it out then portability (a collapsible instrument) is not a concern. In this case the Studio would be a great fit. 
  •  You have a loud voice and want a harmonium that can be your equal, the Studio will definitely have a bigger sound and  longer sustain.
  •  Having 4 drones, rather than 2, will impact your playing. For most Western Kirtan leaders this won’t make much, if any, difference. 

If you don’t meet one (or perhaps 2 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 Studio 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. 

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. 


Have questions or comments? Interested in receiving information about exclusive offers and a promo code that will give you a discount on your harmonium purchase at Old Delhi Music? Click here and we will get back to you soon. Or, check out our harmonium guide - Everything You Need to Know to Buy Your Perfect Harmonium. 


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