PORTABLE COUPLER HARMONIUM DOUBLE REED 440A-TABLA/SITAR
PORTABLE 42 KEYS OCTAVE COUPLER WOODEN MULTY BELLOWS HARMONIUM DOUBLE REED TUNED 440A
The size of the harmonium when folded is 23 5/8 x 10 x 13 5/8 inches or 59 x 22 x 33 cms. app.
The size of the harmonium when opened to play is 23 5/8 x 12 x 13 5/8 inches or 59 x 30 x 33 cms. app.
Harmoniums consist of banks of brass reeds (metal tongues which vibrate when air flows over them), a pumping apparatus and a keyboard.
Description of the Harmonium
Each harmonium has a bellows at the back that is pumped by one hand while the other hand plays the keyboard.
This is portable harmonium and easy to carry while travelling having option to pump air in bellows with the left or right hand.
Inside they contain multiple chambers.
There are different banks of free reeds in each chamber.
The size and shape of each reed in the bank determines its pitch.
Each playing Key controls the air through one or multiple reeds within a chamber.
Parts of the Harmonium
Reeds - The reeds are a thin brass tongue set into the opening of a thicker brass base.
Each base is roughly 1/4 inch by 2 inches.
The thin tongue vibrates when air passes through the opening.
Small thin reeds have a higher pitch than wider longer thicker reeds.
Coupler - This relatively simple device physically connects, or couples, two keys.
The result is that playing one key engages two reeds simultaneously.
One key will play two reeds that are one octave apart.
The coupler may be engaged or disengaged by the user.
The harmonium is widely accepted in Indian music.
A popular usage is by followers of various Hindu and Sikh faiths, who use it in the devotional singing of prayers, called bhajan or kirtan.
There will be at least one harmonium in any mandir (Hindu temple) or gurdwara (Sikh temple) around the world.
The harmonium is also commonly accompanied by the tabla as well as a dholak.
It also plays an integral part in Qawwali music.
Almost all Qawwals use the harmonium as their sole musical accompaniment.
It has received international fame as the genre of Qawwali music has been popularized by renowned Pakistani musician such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
The harmonium has been extensively used in popular music. For example, The Beatles used it in many recordings, including "Doctor Robert", "The Inner Light", "We Can Work It Out", "Cry Baby Cry", "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", and "The Word".
KINDLY NOTE BEFORE BUYING
THE COLOR OF THE HARMONIUM MAY LIGHTLY DIFFER FROM THE HARMONIUM SHOWN HERE.
I ACCEPT THE PAYMENT THROUGH PAYPAL ONLY.
On Sep-20-12 at 17:00:24 PDT, seller added the following information: