Harmonium Bina Standard

The Bina Standard harmonium is ideal for beginners looking for a simple low price instrument. It produces a full, rich sharp sound and has a simple quality of materials and craftsmanship.

EU: 489 € (incl. bag)
incl. 19% VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 6.90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 410.92 € (incl. bag)
plus 6.90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The 39 keys give a range of three octaves and two half note steps. Each note is fitted with two reeds in middle and low octave (male / bass). They can be played separately or in combination, giving three different tonal colours. The external bellows open to the top. They fold out and fill themselves automatically when unlocked. You just need to pull them towards yourself for playing - always against a little resistence, though. The removable cover on top of the key mechanisms (jali) allows variations of volume and timbre. The high gloss natural shellac surfaces give this harmonium a classy look.

Features

- 39 simple stick keys
- range of three octaves and two half notes from C to D
- two reeds in middle and low register for each note
- 4 register stops for separate or combined use of middle and low register
- 3 stops for drone notes
- double fold external bellows with top opening
- removable cover (jali) over key mechanism
- glossy shellac polish
- metal handles on both sides
- cabinet made of dark stained pine wood
- incl. padded bag

Pine wood is the first choice for harmoniums around Delhi and in North Western India. It is much softer than teak wood, which is more common in Mumbai and Calcutta. Therefore pinewood harmoniums often get little dents or scratches during manufacturing, storage or transit to Europe. Such marks are a natural property of the wood and can not be seen as flaws or defects.

Manufacturer / Supplier

BINA was founded by Gian Singh in Delhi in 1935 and is one of the most renowned harmonium makers worldwide nowadays. The son of Gian Singh, Avtar Singh, and his two sons J.P.Singh and Daljit Singh are running the business today. Bina has a big workshop in Old Delhi and is running several retail stores under their name. Bina is able to make high quality instruments, but is also committed to large scale production of simple instruments. India Instruments has occasionally co-operated with Bina since 2010 and imports Bina harmoniums since 2017.

Tuning

In India, our harmoniums are tuned in equal temperament to Western standard pitch with a = 440 hertz. However, due to lower average air temperatures, they usually sound slightly higher at a = 441 to 442 hertz in Europe. The difference is so small, that even trained ears do not necessarily notice it. Nevertheless the difference may create problems in studio productions or when playing together with instruments with a tuning that can not easily be adjusted. Therefore we offer individual manual tuning to a = 440 hertz (or any other reference pitch close to that) with a surcharge on request. We can also also supply custom-made harmoniums with considerably different tunings (e.g. a = 432 hertz or just intonation). Please contact us if you're interested in that.

Size

Width 55 cm, height 26 cm, depth 30 cm, Weight 8.7 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.