COMPANION HARMONIUM BY PALOMA
27 KEYS - DOUBLE REEDS- 2 BUILT IN DRONE STOPS
The Companion is a high-quality, compact and lightweight harmonium, ideal for kirtan and mantra singers who often want to take their harmonium with them on their travels. The keyboard has only 27 keys, but the range of 2 1/4 octaves, from f - g, covers almost all kirtans and mantras. 2 adjustable drones are permanently integrated. The double reeds ensure that each tone is equipped with two reeds (for middle and lower octave), thus producing a full, warm tone. 2 register slides provide different settings for varied timbres by blowing the reeds either separately or together. Compared to the standard model of the same manufacturer, this instrument has an improved action, excellent build quality and higher quality materials, but it has only 27 keys compared to the 39 keys of the standard model. The Companion Harmonium is a compact version of the Premium Harmonium and, like the Premium Harmonium, a higher quality instrument. Like the Premium Harmonium, the Companion has an excellently laid out keyboard that is easy to use.
Due to its compact dimensions, the Companion has a considerably smaller outer and inner bellows compared to a large harmonium and therefore has a considerably smaller air volume available. Particularly when playing chords, it is sometimes necessary to pump the outer bellows vigorously and quickly in order to maintain a constant volume.
After unlocking, the bellows unfold themselves by falling to the back while automatically filling themselves with air. They just have to be pulled by hand towards the harmonium again and again while playing.
The waxed surface of the PALOMA series shows the natural grain of the wood to full advantage. Instead of the usual shellac varnish, this wax finish is more temperature-resistant. Slight scratches can be treated significantly easier.
The international trademark "PALOMA" stands for instruments by the manufacturer Haribhau Vishwanath from Mumbai in India. The company was founded in 1925 and has developed from a small repair shop to one of the leading harmonium makers over the last decades. They also make string and percussion instruments. Due to the good infrastructure and the long years of experience in instrument making, Haribhau is able to supply all the popular harmonium models in consistently excellent quality of workmanship.
Tuning of the Harmonium
The harmonium models offered by us are tuned in India to the western standard A 440 Hertz. In our climatic conditions, the tuning is at a minimum higher 441 - max. 442 Hertz. Even a trained ear is not necessarily able to hear this and most of our musician clients can accept this minimal higher tuning. However, with instruments whose tuning can not be easily adapted, problems may arise. If this is the case, please let us know. If necessary, we can tune a harmonium to 440 Hertz for an extra charge. Other tunings which are far away from the 440 Hertz, such as the often requested 432 Hertz cannot be tuned, it has to be ordered in India, The waiting period is several months. Just ask us if you would like to have a Harmonium on that tuning.
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