Paloma large Recon C 432

The shrutibox Paloma large C Recon 432 enthralls you with a particularly well-balanced, warm, full tone, extra long sustain, unmatched dynamic range and comfortable playability. The unique bamboo look, silk mat surfaces and fine workmanship make this a truly exquisite instrument.

EU: 399 € (incl. bag)
incl. VAT, plus 13.10 € shipping within Germany / 28.10 € within Europe
Non-EU: 335.29 € (incl. bag)
plus 28.10 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The shrutibox Paloma large Recon 432 is tuned to 432 hertz instead of the standard 440 hertz. Some people find the significantly lower tuning to 432 hertz softer and more relaxing or consider it generally more natural, harmonious and healing than the standard tuning to 440 hertz. Since shrutiboxes cannot be re-tuned at will, however, the 432 tuning makes it impossible to play this model together with instruments in standard 440 hertz tuning.

The large frame provides a much larger bellows volume as compared to smaller models, which permits an accurate dosing of air supply. Triple bellows on both sides give it an even bigger bellows volume than the large shrutibox from Monoj Kumar Sardar. In this way, the sound can be kept constant without any effort or prior practice even when up to four notes are played simultaneously. Moreover, the volume can be varied wider and finer than in any other of our shrutiboxes, from whispering tender and low to constantly powerful loud. The larger resonating chamber provides for a somewhat fuller overall sound. Despite its larger dimensions and heaviness, Paloma's shrutibox large can still be taken around easily. Only if you have to carry a lot of other stuff and if you are travelling by public transport or by foot, shape and weight might become inconvenient.

Can not be played with Bowring foot pedal.

Sound sample Paloma large C Recon
- octave in C major scale
- three-note chord C-E-G


13 chromatically tuned notes from c to c' (C3 to C4 in scientific terms); all notes tuned equally tempered to pitch a' (A4) = 432 hertz; made of recon; surfaces with silk mat varnish; valves and latch made of solid teak wood; valves with leather blockings; bellows made of cardboard with leather valves; return spring for bellows; including sturdy bag with shoulder strap.

Recon is industrially produced by moulding bamboo fibres. In terms of sound and stability it has the same characteristics as natural wood when used in harmoniums and shrutiboxes. The look and feel are also convincing. Using Recon helps to keep prices at bay, to maintain consistent high quality and to protect the environment.

Manufacturer / Supplier

PALOMA is the international brand name for instruments made by Haribhau Vishwanath from Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Haribhau Vishwanath was founded in 1925 as a small repair business and developed into one of the leading Indian harmonium manufacturers in the course of decades. In addition, Haribhau Vishwanath makes shrutiboxes, santoors, swarmandals and some drums. Haribhau Vishwanath is also an active musical instrument trader and supplies us with some rarely demanded instruments where a direct purchase from the manufacturer is not profitable. Thanks to his good infrastructure and long experience with instrument manufacturing, trading and international shipping, Haribhau currently supplies all common harmonium models and many other instruments constantly in a high quality regarding workmanship. In addition, he excels through attractive innovations, like e.g. the harmonium Compactina or a particular silk-mat finish. Haribhau Vishwanath is a partner of India Instruments since 2005. Today the company is run by Ashish Diwane.


This shrutibox model is tuned in equal temperament to a reference pitch of a = 432 hertz. Our skilled workshop team in Berlin makes sure about the accuracy of the tuning. It has 13 chromatic notes from c to c' (C3 to C4 in scientific terms). Each of the twelve halftones occurs at least once in this range. To achieve a full sound, an additional fifth or fourth up or down can be played together with each note, offering multiple possibilities of tonics and harmonies.


Measure: 40.5 x 30.5 x 6.5 cm, weight: 3.3 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.