The harmonium is one of the most commonly used instruments in Indian music today. It also sounds wonderful alongside the Northumbrian Pipes and the ‘cello. Bellows blown, like the smallpipes, it uses reeds similar to an accordion, with a short keyboard and also drones again similar to the smallpipes. The drone notes on the one we use are C,D,F,G,A which can adapt to most common key signatures.
They do come in 440 concert pitch and ours was supplied by Harjit Sing Shah whom you will find at ‘JAS Musicals Ltd’ in London supplying both classical and folk musical instruments of India.