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What's the Right Harmonium for Me?

So many folks want to buy a harmonium. I constantly receive questions like:

  • Where are harmoniums for sale? 
  • How much does a good harmonium cost?
  • Which is the best harmonium to buy for Kirtan? 

All great questions. There are many things to consider when buying a harmonium. Below are four questions that will help you narrow down your harmonium search. In addition, there are sound clips so you can compare the sound of the various Bhava brand harmoniums from Old Delhi Music.

FOUR QUESTIONS

To narrow your search for a great harmonium, here are four questions to answer:

1. Do I plan to play Indian classical music, or Western Kirtan?

If you play to study Indian classical music (a major undertaking!), you may want to purchase a scale changer harmonium. If you are interested in learning Western Kirtan (ie Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur), something like a Bhava Mini is likely your best option.

2. Do I plan to stand and dance while you play?

If so, you likely want a Harinam style harmonium.  

3. Do I want a Calcutta or Delhi style harmonium? 

Click HERE for a video that will help you understand the difference. 

4. Do I want a harmonium that's portable, or one that will live in one place?

If portable, you probably want a collapsable harmonium (aka Safari style). The Bhava Min is a portable harmonium that weighs only 16 pounds and easily fits in an airplane overhead bin, so is great for travel. If your harmonium will live in one place then you can consider a Bhava Studio harmonium, or something similar that doesn't fold down. 

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Having answered the above four questions you are likely ready to choose an instrument. At this point key considerations are (i) sound, (ii) action of the bellows and keyboard, and (iii) aesthetics. 

HOW ABOUT THAT SOUND?

For the sake of gaining some clarity around sound, below are links to sound demos for many of the instruments in the Bhava line of harmoniums from Old Delhi Music

Sound clips for some of the Bhava Harmoniums

  1. Bhava Harinam - click HERE for sound clip. 
  2. Bhava Lite (Standard) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  3. Bhava Lite (Limited) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  4. Bhava Lite (Teak) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  5. Bhava Mini - click HERE for sound clip. 
  6. Bhava Mini Concert (Teak) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  7. Bhava Studio - click HERE for sound clip. 
  8. Bhava Studio (Teak) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  9. Bhava Classic - click HERE for sound clip.  
  10. Bhava Classic (Teak) - click HERE for sound clip. 
  11. Bhava Classic Concert (Teak) - click HERE for sound clip.

Want to learn more about the harmonium? Check out these informative blog posts:

  1. How to Buy a Harmonium, Not a Headache
  2. What's the Right Harmonium for Me?
  3. Harmonium Taste Test 
  4. Harmonium Madness
  5. Is the harmonium easy to learn?

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