Product DescriptionA piano-like keyboard instrument of India, is generally played with the right hand, while pumping a bellows with the left. Their mellow, warm-sounding tone blends well with the human voice, making them an especially well-suited accompaniment for individual or group singing. Conveniently sized, they are easy to transport, and take little stage room. Individually handcrafted, each offers a unique quality in volume, tonality, and performance characteristics. This particular model offers six full stops and an octave coupler. These are not concert pitch 440.
Harmonium, Standard, Natraj 4 drones (top pulls) and 4 stops (lower pulls) to direct the air over the upper or lower reeds. Fixed keyboard, integral bellows, and dozens of sound combinations. Finish color and decoration style may vary from photo. The Harmoniums are not meant to be played in concert like a mini organ. The reeds in the harmonium are tuned to sound well together, not necessarily with other instruments. As such they are not in concert pitch and are not meat to be. Harmonium tuning does not reflect the Western Scale and is not meant to.
This is instrument was introduced to India by the British. It has been embraced and is now a truly Indian instrument used as accompaniment in devotional songs. As with many Indian instruments the key for the music is selected to best suite the vocals, or to set a mood. Traditionally, Harmoniums are usually higher pitched if compared to the Western Scale.
DISCLAIMER: Shellac is very impressionable, no pun intended. During the long transportation from India the shellac finish becomes marred by the packing materials. These impressions are superficial and cosmetic. Impressions on the finish do not affect the playability or sound. Therefore we do not consider such impressions as blemishes or defects