Paloma Companion D 27/2

Paloma Companion D 27/2 is the perfect support for mantras and kirtans on the road and at home. It is amazingly light, compact, sturdy, comfortable to use and yet a full harmonium with warm, round sound. The light weight and small dimensions are achieved without any cumbersome and delicate folding mechanisms.

EU: 689 € (icl. bag)
incl. VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 12,90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 578.99 € (incl. bag)
plus 12,90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

Superior workmanship makes this a top-of-the-line harmonium, ensuring good fluency and dynamics of the keyboard and long-term tightness of the air chambers. Its 27 keys give a range of two octaves and two half note steps - about an octave less than full sized harmoniums, but covering the melodic range of all commonly used mantras and kirtans. Each note is fitted with two well responding quality reeds in middle and low octave (male / bass). They can be played separately or in combination, giving three different tonal colours, and produce a particularly warm and round sound. The back bellows are 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. Inherently, the inner bellows of the Paloma Companion are considerably smaller than those in full sized harmoniums, resulting in a slightly shorter "breath". Therefore a little more pumping of the outer bellows is required for playing chords or producing a high volume. The level height of the keys can be adjusted. A special Paloma feature is the surface treatment with wax in order to enhance the beauty of the natural wood veining - it pleases eye and hand alike and gives the instrument a very natural, organic feel.

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Sound sample Paloma Companion
- complete melodic range with both registers
- three-note chords in middle range
- complete melodic range with both registers without cover (jali)

Features

Total range of two octaves and two half notes (= 27 notes), double reeds (male / bass), two register stops,  two drone stops, double fold back bellows, adjustable English keys, cabinet made of unstained teak wood, wedges for easy opening, surfaces wax treated, including padded bag.

Manufacturer / Supplier

PALOMA is the international brand name for instruments by Haribhau Vishwanath from Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Haribhau Vishwanath was founded in 1925 as a small repair shop. Today Paloma is an international top brand for harmoniums. This is due to successful innovations such as the Compactina and Maestro models and unique quality standards. Working techniques and tools have been permanently developed further over decades. Under the direction of Ashish Diwane, Haribhau Vishwanath in 2018 was the first Indian instrument maker to integrate a computer-controlled CNC milling machine into the traditional handcrafted manufacturing process, in order to get consistent precision in the production of essential components.

Apart from harmoniums, Haribhau Vishwanath also manufactures shrutiboxes, santoors, swarmandals and some drums. In addition, the company is active in the instrument trade and procures some rarely needed instruments for which direct purchase from the manufacturer would not be worthwhile. Haribhau Vishwanath has been a partner of India Instruments since 2005.

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 often 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) on request without extra cost. We can also supply custom-made harmoniums with considerably different tunings (e.g. a = 432 hertz). Please contact us if you're interested in that.

Size

Measure: height 24 cm, width 39 cm, depth 29 cm, weight: 5.7 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.

Register & Drone

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