Banjira Deluxe Harmonium 11-Knob
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This Deluxe Harmonium, crafted by Banjira, is capable of a 3.5 octave range and employs 5 drones and 6 stops to direct the airflow over the upper or lower reeds, by which dozens of sound combinations can be produced. It is designed with a removable key cover, fixed keyboard with 41 keys and an integral bellows.
This model is tuned to A=440 Hz (+/- 5 cents). Pitch can vary significantly with changes in temperature, pumping pressure and the 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.
Accessories Included: Padded Soft Case.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 24.0 lbs.
Made in India.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
✓ Full Size, 3.5 Octaves, 5 Drones, 41 Keys
✓ Two Reed Banks: Male & Female
✓ 5-Fold Bellows, Left or Right
✓ A = 440 Hz (+/- 5 cents)
✓ Removable Keyboard Cover
✓ Natural Finish
✓ A Must for Yoga, Meditation & Kirtan
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.