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Top 10 Best Harmoniums In India 2019

Top 10 Best Harmoniums in India 2019

"The Divine music never ends"

The essential Harmonium guide and overview

A harmonium is a musical instrument that uses bellows to pump air and create music when its keys are pressed. The harmonium is one of the most commonly used instruments in Indian music and finds a place in almost every kind of Indian music, from classical to playback to experimental to popular.

Before buying a harmonium it is a good idea to learn about the parts of the harmonium. There are two main places where harmoniums are made, Delhi and Calcutta. The Delhi harmoniums are comparatively less expensive, while the Calcutta harmoniums are more elaborate and intricate in build. 

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The harmonium has a body that is rectangular in shape, and either a simple box or it is built in the style of a suitcase. The part of the harmonium that is used to pump the air that helps create the sound from the keys is called the bellows. Bellows push the air in the harmonium in many ways, and are either two fold or multi fold.

The keys of the harmonium are black and white in colour and form the keyboard part of the harmonium. The harmonium has a component that is called the cover, which protects the harmonium and also helps in muting the higher frequencies when there is a need to vary the frequency. The stops are the knobs that are there towards the front of the harmonium's body, and they are used for controlling the flow of air. The stops are of two types, the Main stops and the Drone stops.

The Reeds of the harmonium are metallic strips that help in creating the sound when the air is pushed into the harmonium. They vibrate to create sound and the pitch of a harmoniums is dependent on the size of the reeds. There is another part called a coupler that create a wonderful musical effect by enabling a corresponding key int he next octave to be pressed automatically when any key is pressed.

Read on to find a harmonium that will be perfect for you.

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How to choose a Harmonium

Take a look at the Top 10 Best Harmoniums in India below, and you can read about how to choose a harmonium just under the list.

✓✓✓ Top 10 Best Harmoniums in India - ranked according to popularity

SaleIndia's No. 1
Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 key, Two reed, Bass Male, Kapler, Harmonium with Cover.
25 Reviews
Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 key, Two reed, Bass Male, Kapler, Harmonium with Cover.
  • This is very Good Harmonium. Our Quality is Better then Everyone Else.
SaleIndia's No. 2
Khushi Musicals Harmonium Folding (Portable) With Coupler 3.5 Octave 9 Stopper_Rosewood
17 Reviews
Khushi Musicals Harmonium Folding (Portable) With Coupler 3.5 Octave 9 Stopper_Rosewood
  • BEWARE OF FRAUD SELLERS. BUY ORIGINAL HARMONIUM ONLY FROM KHUSHI MUSICALS
  • Tuning A440 Hz PITCH - CHECKED AT DISPATCH
  • It Comes With 2 Sets Of High-Quality Reeds, One Male & One Bass To Produce A Rich Sound
  • Air Leaks are Checked for Longer Sustain, Great For Beginners And Professionals. Easy To Carry.
  • 9 Stopper (5 Stops + 4 Drones) Multi Fold Bellow, With Coupler, 42 Keys, Comes with Carry Bag
SaleIndia's No. 3
Laying Style Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key, Two Reed(Bass-Male),3 1/2 Octave,Kapler, Harmonium With Cover By Bajaj Collection
15 Reviews
Laying Style Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key, Two Reed(Bass-Male),3 1/2 Octave,Kapler, Harmonium With Cover By Bajaj Collection
  • 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key
  • Material: Wood
  • Number of Keys: 42
  • Handmade Instrument
  • Package Content: 1 Harmonium
SaleIndia's No. 4
Sandhu Musicals 7 Stopper Double Bellow 39 Keys Harmonium Bass, Male Reed With Cover
28 Reviews
Sandhu Musicals 7 Stopper Double Bellow 39 Keys Harmonium Bass, Male Reed With Cover
  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Brown
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 22" x 12" x 10"
  • Package Contents: 1 Harmonium of 39 Keys
India's No. 5
Yamaha PSRE363 61-Keys Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard
166 Reviews
Yamaha PSRE363 61-Keys Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard
  • The PSR-E363 is an ideal portable keyboard for beginners and hobbyists
  • Touch sensitive keys, on-board lessons, computer and mobile device connectivity and much more
  • Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) allows you to practice using the preset songs (or MIDI files on compatible instruments) at your own pace, one hand at a time or both together
  • USB to host connectivity with MIDI and audio transfer means you only need one Cable to connect to your music-making software
  • Free Power Adapter inside the box. Note:YAMAHA product is warranted against faulty design, workmanship or materials for a period of 36 Months for Portable Keyboards (PSR- S, E, F and I series)from the date of purchase
SaleIndia's No. 6
Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key, Two Reed, Bass-Male, Kapler, Harmonium With Cover
7 Reviews
Best Harmonium 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key, Two Reed, Bass-Male, Kapler, Harmonium With Cover
  • 9 Stopper, Chudidaar Bellow, 42 Key
  • Material: Wood
  • Number of Keys: 42
  • Product Dimension (L x B x H): 24 x 12 x 10 Inch
  • Package Content: 1 Harmonium
India's No. 7
Sharma Musical Store Double Bellow 39 Keys Bass Reed Linden Wood Harmonium
Sharma Musical Store Double Bellow 39 Keys Bass Reed Linden Wood Harmonium
  • Material: Wood
  • Number of Keys: 39
  • Two side carry handles, jaali frame on keys
  • There might be minor colour variation between actual product and image shown on screen due to lighting on the photography
SaleIndia's No. 8
Harmonium 7 Stopper-3 1/4 Ocatve-39 Keys with Bag
11 Reviews
Harmonium 7 Stopper-3 1/4 Ocatve-39 Keys with Bag
  • BEWARE OF FRAUD SELLERS. BUY ORIGINAL HARMONIUM ONLY FROM KHUSHI MUSICALS
  • A440 Hz Pitch Standard Tuning - Checked At Dispatch, Great For Beginners.
  • Double Fold Bellow,Two Side Carry Handles, Jaali Frame On Keys , Finish Lacquer, Bass+Male Two Reeds
  • 7 stopper (4 stops + 3 drones) Tuning A440 Pitch Standard Tuning, Easy To Play.
  • The images represent actual product though color of the image and product may slightly differ.
SaleIndia's No. 9
SHARMA MUSICAL STORE Harmonium H23-7M 7 Stopper
SHARMA MUSICAL STORE Harmonium H23-7M 7 Stopper
  • color-MAHAGONY
  • 7 Stop,7 Part below
  • Best Tunning and Sound Performance
  • Air Leak are Checked for Longer Sustain
  • Digital Effects , virtual hall, dance music effect
India's No. 10
SG Musical deluxe portable Harmonium, dark mahogany, 2 reeds, 3.5 octaves, coupler
1 Reviews
SG Musical deluxe portable Harmonium, dark mahogany, 2 reeds, 3.5 octaves, coupler
  • 3Âœ OCTAVES, TOTAL 42 KEYS
  • SET OF 2 BINA SPECIAL REEDS: 1 MALE + 1 BASE = RICH SOUND
  • A440 PITCH - CHECKED AT DISPATCH
  • BRIGHT NICKELED BRASS KNOBS
  • MADE WITH DRIED INDIAN WOOD - TUN WOOD

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How to choose a harmonium

Use these tips to choose a Harmonium in India

Buying a harmonium is not easy. A harmonium is a musical instrument that needs to have great tonal quality, tuning, acoustic resonance and many other factors have to be taken into account too.

If you are planning to buy a harmonium then you can keep a few points in mind.

Always go for the better quality over a cheap deal. Try to choose a harmonium that is made of good quality wood, is re-tunable, with quality reeds and has a reliable brand name.

If you can ensure that instrument is well tuned it will be a great help as you will be much more satisfied with the performance of the harmonium.

Also a harmonium with greater power sustenance should be preferred.

A scale changer harmonium is a good choice, but a non-scale changer harmonium has fewer problems and also challenges you to play in different scales.

A scale changer harmonium allows you greater convenience, but you will end up taking a short cut. You will not learn to play in different scales and will instead end up playing in one or at the most two scales. The scale changer also has more technical and sound issues.

A problem with cheap harmoniums is that there is a loud ‘click’ sound while playing that can completely spoil the overall sound of the harmonium. So try to stick to better quality harmoniums even if they cost slightly more.

For the advanced musician the kind of reeds you use in a harmonium is something that you should look into carefully. Paris reeds are great but to get genuine and re-tuneable Paris reeds is very rare and it is an expensive proposition. Also to get genuine Paris reeds you need to have a manufacturer of the very highest quality and trust. Indian reeds harmoniums that have been voiced and tuned properly are actually as good as genuine Paris reeds.

The wood used in a harmonium is also very important and the most preferred wood is the seasoned teak wood. This seasoned and ideal teak wood is either Burmese or Indian. Try to get a harmonium with teak wood and you will not regret the decision. However, there are also many good and affordable harmoniums made from Segun Wood, Rosewood and Mahogany, amongst other choices.

You can also try to take advise from musicians who have been playing harmoniums for a very long time about what they feel are better brands to choose from today.

Another option is to go for the harmoniums that have been purchased the most in India. If someone buys a harmonium and it is not good, it will not be bought again, and not will it be recommended.

Therefore a harmonium that has been bought again and again will deliver good quality at a reasonable price.

This list of top bestselling harmoniums is a good way to choose a harmonium for yourself. 

TIP:
Take a good look at the reviews and comments for each harmonium and also look at the specifications carefully.
We hope you are able to find a great harmonium from the Top 10 best harmoniums in India listed above.

How to play the harmonium - learn to play the harmonium in 10 days

If you are just starting out with the harmonium, then this is a great video to watch, that will show you the basic of a harmonium and how to play it.

Though the title and the video says that you can learn to play the harmonium in 10 days, and yes you will be able to operate it and play a basic tune, to become a good player of the harmonium will take you longer.

Enjoy the video and use some of the tips this harmonium teacher gives.

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Top Harmoniums according to our in-house music expert

To bring you a wider selection of harmoniums to buy, our in-house music expert looked at some of the most popular and reliable harmonium brands and models and selected the top 10 best from them. 

These harmoniums are from well known and frequently purchased companies like Sharma Musical Store and SG Musical. 

   BESTSELLER NO. 1

SHARMA MUSICAL STORE H01-5M 3.25 Octave Hand Pumped Harmonium


  • One bellow
  • Female reed
  • Linden Wood
  • Hand pumped
  • Model number H01-5M

₹ 8,990

   BESTSELLER NO. 2

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SHARMA MUSICAL STORE H002 H002 3 1/4 Octave Hand Pumped Harmonium


  • Two Fold bellow
  • Bass reed
  • Linden Wood
  • Hand pumped
  • Model number H002

₹ 9,990

   BESTSELLER NO. 3

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SHARMA MUSICAL STORE H20-FY 3.5 Octave Hand Pumped Harmonium


  • Seven Fold bellow
  • Bass reed
  • Linden Wood
  • Hand pumped
  • Model number H20-FY

₹ 11,990

How to solve common harmonium problems

If you purchase a good quality harmonium, it will not need much care or maintenance. BY their very nature they are durable and long lasting. However there are some small precautions and tips that you can keep in mind to keep your harmonium performing at its best.

#1 It is important that you store your harmonium properly. Always keep them in a cool and dry place. You should ensure that the place where you keep your harmonium is free of insects, or anything that can cause harm to the wood of the harmonium. It has been seen many times that rats have damaged the outer bellow of the harmonium, so make sure it is kept on something that is raised and also that the outer bellows are properly covered.

If your harmonium is not going to be used for some time then it becomes very important to clean it every once in a while. If you play the harmonium every day, then it will stay used, clean and properly functioning as it is, but if it not used for several days at a stretch, then clean it regularly. The first step is to keep it in a dust free area, so that the reeds are not affect ted by the dust and dirt. Dust settling on the reeds will cause a buzzing sound, and not cleaning the harmonium can also cause the outer finish to become dull and damaged. An important tip is that direct sunlight is bad for harmoniums, as it will spoil the surface polish of the harmonium.

You may even consider using a harmonium storage bag (click on image for price and details) as shown below.

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#2 A very important tip is to always press a few keys while closing the bellows and storing away your harmonium. If you do not do that, you might leave air inside the bellows, and that can cause a leakage and spoil the harmonium.  

#3 If you open up the harmonium, then you may be tempted to rub the reeds inside with a cloth or your hand or some other material. This is the wrong thing to do as it can cause the harmonium to go out of tune. The reeds and the reed board is a delicately tuned part of the machine, do not tamper with it unnecessarily.

#4 If your harmonium is giving a buzzing sound then you need to fix the reeds with a thin curved metal strip. This is usually done by experts in a harmonium repair shop, but if you are an experienced harmonium player then the video below may help you.

Warning: The reed is a delicate part of the harmonium, a small mistake can cause the reed to become permanently damaged. It is better that you seek the help of a professional in repairing your harmonium than attempt anything yourself.

Also, remember that unnecessarily pumping the bellows to remove dust or clean them and make the buzzing go away can cause the harmonium to go out of tune.

#5 Sometimes the keys of the harmonium seem to be stuck. The first thing you can do is vigorously use the keys, and then check if whatever the problem was has been resolved. If that doesn’t work, then the problem may be resolved by removing any dirt or any substance that may have got into the spaces between the keys. If the keys are clean, then you may have to adjust the pins of the keys, the pivot key and the vertical adjust key. You will need a needle nose plier (click on image for price and details) as shown below to make the adjustments to the pins of the keys.

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