Our Harmonium, Traveler, Deluxe has 5
drones and 4 stops. Keyboard pops up for play, store in locked-down
position for travel. Fixed keyboard. Integral bellows, dozens of sound
combinations. 2 banks of reeds. When folded, the compact the size of
the traveler offers a large convenience for anyone needing to transport
their harmonium. The trade off is that the design of the traveler
harmoniums results in the air chamber being less air tight as compared
to the design of the fixed harmoniums; so expect some air loss. Finish
color and decoration style may vary from photo. The Harmoniums are not
meant to be played in concert like a mini organ.
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. 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. 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. Harmonium tuning does
not reflect the Western Scale and is not meant to.
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.
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