INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Harmonium Forum: harmonium suitable for streetperformance?

 

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niels
harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 17, 2001 06:27 p.m.


Hello everyone,
I want to perform as a streetmusician. I do throatsinging and i need an instrument to accompany it. I never played a harmonium but i love its sound and i play piano so it shouldn't be too hard for me to learn.
My question is this: Can anyone tell me how much a harmonium weighs? I want to travel with it so it mustn't be too heavy. If it is (too heavy), does anybody have a suggestion for a more lightweight alternative?
Yhanks in advance.
Sita
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 18, 2001 02:01 a.m.


Hello Niels,

I have seen several portable harmoniums (I myself have one) but I wouldn't say they are that light to bring around. It's only that you can pack them in a way that makes travelling quite comfortable with them. But as per my experiences the harmonium is quite a delicate instrument, it is very easily damaged, and you will not have the sound required. I transport mine only when it is unavoidable. Didn't you think to try the tango harmonica instead? Anyway, you are right, if you play the piano, to play the harmonium will be a child's play to you. Wishing you good luck.

Sita

Hanuman
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 21, 2001 08:40 p.m.


Yes ! .... there are Harmoniums suitable for carrying and street performing and are frequently used that way in INDIA ... We have one .... they are the SMALLER, 3 octave, single-reed, solid-body (not folding or suitcase style) type instruments .... You carry them with a simple sling or strap .... like a piano accordion ... Where do you Perform / busk ... Hanuman
Niels
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 31, 2001 01:52 p.m.


Hi Hanuman,
Sorry for this late reaction and thank you for your answer. I am not performing yet, first i need an instrument, and some practise. Then i want to go on a long journey and try to make my living by streetperforming. But i will start performing in Holland, where i live.
Do you know where these small harmoniums are sold? I wouldn't want to buy an instrument by mailorder, so if you or anyone knows where i can by one in or around holland, please let me know..

Regards, Niels

BuddhistMonk
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 31, 2001 02:20 p.m.


Trying to make a living by street performing sounds like a very interesting idea. I do a little street performing/on the spot performing on my new acoustic guitar. I don't get near enough money for anything, I just do it for fun. If you get back to your computer after your long journey share with us how it worked out. I'd be interested to know. Good luck.
Hanuman
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Jul 31, 2001 05:14 p.m.


Hi !! ... Try to persuade a LOCAL Indian/Hindu Musical instruments shop to import one for you, subject to your approval on its arrival and your physical inspection .... These smaller compact harmoniums are very common in India .... The larger suitcase and concert types are more common in the WEST .... It might cost you around $180 US .... A "COMPACT" is displayed on this linked site at BUCKINGHAM Music .... Best regards
Niels
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Aug 01, 2001 11:00 a.m.



If you get back to your computer after your long journey share with us how it worked out.

Ok, I will. Hanuman, what's the address of this BUCKINGHAM music site?
Thanks for your advice, I will try it, and if it doesn't work, maybe I'll just start my journey in India.
hanuman
Re:harmonium suitable for streetperformance? Aug 01, 2001 04:36 p.m.


It is right here at the top of this page .... just click on it .... Best regards
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