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Banjira Standard Harmonium 8-Knob *BLEMISHED
Banjira Standard Harmonium 8-Knob *BLEMISHED

Banjira Standard Harmonium 8-Knob *BLEMISHED

Banjira Standard Harmonium 8-Knob *BLEMISHED
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BLEMISHED:  This Standard Harmonium, crafted by Banjira, employs 4 drones (top pulls) and 4 stops (lower pulls) to direct the airflow over the upper or lower banks of reeds. The body is 21 inches wide by 11.5 inches deep and 10.5 inches tall which is slightly larger than most standard harmoniums but provides for more air volume over the two banks of reeds. There are 39 keys enabling just over 3 octaves. It is constructed with a fixed keyboard and an integral bellows, by which dozens of sound combinations can be produced.

This model is tuned to A = 440 Hz (+/-5 cents). Pitch can vary significantly with changes in temperature, pumping pressure and the number of keys played simultaneously.

Although it was invented in France nearly 200 years ago, the harmonium has been extremely popular and strongly embraced by India after it was brought there during the British Occupation. Though derived from the designs developed in France, the harmonium was further developed in India in unique ways, such as the addition of drone stops and a scale changing mechanism. The instrument quickly became popular being that it was portable, reliable and easy to learn. The harmonium remains popular to the present day and is an important instrument in many genres of Indian music. It is regularly used as accompaniment in devotional songs and can be commonly found in Indian homes. 

As with many Indian instruments, the key for the music is selected to best suit the vocals or to set a mood. The reeds in the harmonium are tuned to sound well together, but not necessarily with other instruments. As such, they are not in concert pitch and not meant to be played like a Western table-top organ. Traditionally, harmoniums are usually higher pitched if compared to the Western scale.

Actual instrument weight is approximately 17.5 lbs.

Made in India.

      Full Size, 3 Octaves, 4 Drones, 39 Keys

      A = 440 Hz (+/- 5 cents)

      Two Reed Banks: Male & Female

      Natural Color Finish

      A Must for Yoga, Meditation & Kirtan

Scratch & Dent Savings!!!
Product codes ending in "-2" are Blemished. They are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are an honest value.

Special Note on Finishes: The instrument's finish color and décor may vary from the photo. Some of the finishes are very impressionable, no pun intended. During the long journey from India, the finish may become marred with impressions by the packing materials. These impressions are superficial and cosmetic and do not affect the playability or sound quality, therefore we do not consider such impressions as blemishes or defects.

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