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Harmoniums are mainly used as an accompaniment to devotional songs. As with many Indian instruments, the key for the music is selected to best suit the vocals or to set a mood. 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.
Accessories Included: Padded gig bag
Item Dimensions: OPEN: 23.5" (L) X 13.5" (H) X 13.5" (W); CLOSED: 23.5" (L) X 8" (H) X 12" (W)
Bellows: 6 folds that open on the sides
Body: Burgundy stained pine wood
Keys: 42 keys (17 black and 25 white)
Features: Traveler model
Knobs: 9 (4 drones and 5 air controls)
Drones: Left to Right: knob #2=C#, knob #4=E flat, knob #6=G#, knob #8=B flat
Air Controls: 5 (Left to Right: knobs #1 and #9 control the male reeds, knob #3 and #5 control the bass reeds and knob #7 controls the vibrato.)
Number of Octaves: 3.5
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: 3C to 6F (Male Voice)
Back Reed Bank: 2C to 5F (Bass Voice)
One chanter has finger holes. The second acts like a drone. Both chanters are fitted with cane reeds and attached to the gourd resonator by wax.
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BLEMISHED: Bansuri flute in G, approximately 24.75 inches in length. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. The seventh hole is optional and rarely played. Its main purpose is to give greater accuracy in the upper octaves. It may be played on the rare occasion when you need to play the Ni in the lower octave.
The bansuri is a transverse flute from India, literally from the words bans (bamboo) and suri. It is one of the oldest musical instruments. All half notes, accidentals and microtones are produced by a unique fingering system. The finger holes have to be precisely covered either fully or half by the phalanxes of the fingers and not by the fingertips. This technique also simplifies the playing of longer bansuris. The standard quality of the Indian bansuris produce a quite beautiful sound, but their tuning is often not exactly to the western standard notes. It can happen that they sometimes sound slightly out of tune to the western ear.
This Bansuri flute is hand crafted. Becoming a perfect flute maker takes a long time. One must know the materials as well as the craft; and one must have patience. Each flute requires years of preparation and then concentrated attention to details. The Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length.
NOTE: the longer the flute, the wider the required finger span. If you have smaller hands, you may be unable to reach all of the finger holes. The following measurements are the distance from the center of the 1st hole to the center of the 3rd hole for each hand. Measurements are in inches and can vary slightly (LH = Left Hand, RH = Right Hand).
|Model #||Length||LH 1st-3rd Fingers||RH 1st-3rd Fingers|
Banjira brand Standard Harmonium (Item Code: HM6S-2S).
The 21 W x 11.5 D x 10.5 T body is slightly larger than most standard harmoniums; providing more air volume over the two banks of reeds.
The fixed keyboard has 32 White keys, for just over 3 octaves. 4 drones (top pulls) and 4 stops (lower pulls) to direct the air over the upper or lower reeds. Integral bellows can be played left or right handed.
The reeds in the harmonium are tuned to 440 +/- 3 cents. Finish color and decoration style may vary from photo.
This 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.
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
This deluxe harmonium features a fixed body, a scale changer, a mechanical coupler and 3 banks of Palitana reeds: Base, Male and Female. The multi-fold bellows can be opend for right or left handed payers. There are 5 knobs contoling drones, and air-flow to the reed banks is controlled by 4 stops. The Mechanical Coupler, actually "couples" two keys allowing the player to activate 2 octaves with one stroke. The Scale Changer physically slides the Keyboard left to right to change scale/range of the keys.
Tuned to A=440 Hz (+-3 cents).
DISCLAIMER: Some of the finishes are very impressionable, no pun intended. During the long transportation from India, the finish may become 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.
This harmonium, weighing only 16 lbs., is a great portable instrument. The multi-fold bellows provide can be opened for Left or Right Handed playing and provides outstanding airflow. The 29 keys, range from F2 to A4. It is a Suite-Case style, so the top of case can is removed when you play, or it fold over to cover the keys when you close it. The keyboard pops up for playing and can be easily placed in locked-down position for storage and travel.
18"X15"X8" when closed/18"X15"X10" when opened
The reeds in the harmonium are tuned to 440 +/- 3 cents prior to shipping.
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. Harmoniums are mainly used in Kirtans as an accompaniment to devotional songs; or for meditation and concentration in yoga studios.
DISCLAIMER: Instrument's finish color and decor may vary from photo. Shellac is very impressionable (no pun intended) and during the instrument's long transportation from India, the shellac finish becomes marred by the packing materials and may cause the sides of harmoniums to have impressions. These impressions are cosmetic and do not affect the playability or sound, so we do not consider such impressions as blemishes or defects.
The bell has a 2.75 inch diameter. The over all length of the horn is 14 inches. The rubber bulb has a 5/8 inch fitting.
You should expect your brass instruments to have, or develop, an attractive antique patina. However, if you prefer the high shine look we recommend Brasso (TM) as a good polish.
Many of the Blemished Spare Rubber Bulbs are dented and do not maintain a round appearance. However, these bulbs have been tested and do function, they still honk a horn. The important factor is not the volume of air, but the speed at which the air moves through the reed. If you need a horn for a professional recording, then get the first quality. If your horn is recreational, then these bulbs are perfect. With a blemish bulb, the horn will look like you just found it in your Grandpa's garage.