Banjira Pro Yoga Harmonium with Coupler and Scale Changer Bb2-G5
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This Banjira Pro Yoga Harmonium with Coupler and Scale Changer, Bb2-G5, weighs only 24 lbs., and the top of case has a removable lid. The keyboard pops up for playing, then by releasing latches it slides into the bottom and stores in a locked-down position for storage and travel. When closed, the height of harmonium is 7.5 inches and when open with the keyboard popped up, the height is 11 inches.
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: Economy gig bag
Item Dimensions: OPEN: 20" (L) X 11" (H) X 14.5" (W); CLOSED: 20" (L) X 7.5" (H) X 14.5" (W)
Bellows: 6 folds that open on the sides
Body: Stained solid wood
Keys: 30 keys (12 black and 18 white)
Features: Coupler (to left), scale changer and traveler
Knobs: 7 (4 drones and 3 air controls)
Drones: Left to Right: knob #1=Bb3, knob #3=C#4, knob #5=Eb4 knob #7=F#4
Air Controls: 3 (Left to Right: knob #2 controls the front, knob #4 controls the back, knob #6 controls the front vibrato)
Number of Octaves: 2 3/4
Tuned To: A=440 Hz (+-5 cents) Pitch can vary significantly with changes in temperature, pumping pressure, and number of keys played simultaneously.
Front Reed Bank: Bb2 to G5 (Male Voice)
Back Reed Bank: Bb3 to G6 (Bass Voice)
Actual instrument weight is approximately 24.0 lbs.
Made in India.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
✓ Traveler, Scale Changer, Coupler, 2 3/4 Octaves
✓ 4 Drones, 3 Air Controls, 30 Keys (12 Black and 18 White)
✓ Vibrato Control
✓ Six-Fold Bellows, Left or Right
✓ Two Reed Banks: Male & Bass
✓ A = 440 Hz (+/- 5 cents)
✓ Economy Gig Bag
✓ A Must for Yoga, Meditation & Kirtan
Special Note on Finishes: 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.