INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Harmonium Forum: Paul & Co. Website?

 

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Ariana
Paul & Co. Website? Jan 08, 2004 12:55 a.m.


Hello,

Does any body know how to get a hold of the Paul & Co. harmonium in
India? Do they have an offical website?

Thanks,

kalyan
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Jan 08, 2004 07:35 p.m.


I don't know if they have a web site but the address is
387, G.T. road(north)
Salkia Howrah-6
cyrus
Re:Paul & Co. Jan 12, 2004 06:13 a.m.


I am interested in purchasing a paul and co harmonium from india.
I have come to know that there are many imitation harmoniums that have the name "paul and co" on the harmonium, but they are not original. Are there any trade marks or key features to that will distinguish an original piece from an imitation / copy?
Also, does anyone have a contact phone number for paul and co in india?

Any info. would be greatly appreciated... Thank you...

I don't know if they have a web site but the address is
387, G.T. road(north)
Salkia Howrah-6[/quote]

Sachin
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Jan 13, 2004 12:11 a.m.


I want one!, but i've been on almost every search engine (kolkata telecom too!) and im not showing up any number/info or contact name....anyone work for the nsi here? kinda need some help.
thetruth
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 02, 2004 03:31 p.m.


this is one of the guys that will help you find out about Paul & Co.

N. Banerjee
Trade Control.

tradecontrolin@yahoo.co.in

Todd
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 08, 2004 01:44 p.m.


It should be named Piece of Crap!.

Their instruments are over rated, it only sounds good for the first few weeks, and then everything starts wraping. they call it aged teak wood, it didnt last that long. the keys start sticking or become uneven, then sustain reduces. And don't be fooled by AIR shipping, casue you'll only save your self from from a few nic's and scratchs, becasuse if an instrument is going to spoil it will do it either way.

the instrument in my opionion is way OVER RATED!.

Bad Ustad
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 08, 2004 04:36 p.m.


I don't know if I would put it in such strong terms. But then, I'm not the one who got stuck with a lemon. From the ones I've seen, the Paul & Co. harmoniums are at best, mediocre. Same for Pakrashi. Even when you get one from these two companies that is free from defects, they are only typical run of the mill Calcutta harmoniums. What is really shameful is, that when you buy them in Calcutta, they are not any more expensive than the no-name ones that sell in the states for $550.00-$650.00. So one has to wonder how American dealers can justify asking $900.00-$1,100.00 for them. There are a few companies in Calcutta that make really terrific harmoniums that nobody in the West have ever heard of. I've yet to see any scale-changer from any dealer in the States that is worth more than $700.00. But as long as people get sucked in by the hype, dealers will continue to command crazy prices. A Surokar, if you can get your hand on one, are usually real masterpiece instruments, but I've only seen them offered privately in the USA. Buying ANY scale-changer direct from the manufacturer in India buys you a 98% certainty of dissapointment. Try to buy where you can try.
kjaan
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 11, 2004 03:52 a.m.


Bad Ustad,
I would like to get more info on Surokar. Where would one buy harmonium from Surokar. I have search many search engines on the internet and have not found any place that do sell these.
Bad Ustad
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 11, 2004 09:21 a.m.


I wish I could point you to a source, but I've only seen them offered privately by people who have managed to bring a few back from vacation in India. I don't think any commercial outfits offer them for sale.
Bruce
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 11, 2004 04:27 p.m.


A.) We have a Surokar Harmonium for sale at the Ali Akbar College Store. Call us at 1-800-748-2252. Pictures will be on the web page in a few days.
B) Bad Ustad in misinformed about harmonium prices in Calcutta. You cannot buy a Paul and Co. Harmonium for the price you can buy any harnmonium in Lal Bazaar.
C) There are a lot of fake Pauls around - especially if you buy in India outside of Calcutta.
Where did you get yours, Todd? Sounds like you should return it if you can. We've sold scores of Paul harmoniums in the last years, and I've never seen one that warped or had sticking keys like you describe.
Bad Ustad
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 11, 2004 08:18 p.m.


Perhaps I could have been more specific. A Paul & Co cost roughly the same as models of comparable configuration made by any of reputable Calcutta dealers; ie Pakrashi, J. Mondal, Manoj Kumar, Dwarkin Flute etc.. Not the same as those sold by no-name dealers of generic junk. Inexperienced Westerners can and do pay hundreds of dollars more than what Indian musicians pay. Buying in person will bring a lower price than can be negotiated over the phone from America. If you speak Bangla your final price will be that much lower. I always tell people if they've tried an instrument (particularly a scale changer) and it works flawlessly, that it's worth paying a premium. But I still maintain that $1,100.00 is a crazy price for even the best scale-changer.
Bruce
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 12, 2004 08:36 p.m.


Sorry, you can't buy a Paul and Co. in Calcutta for what you pay for the other mentioned brands (Pakrashi, Dwarkin, Mondal, MKS) We used to get Surokars for a "reasonable" price. Then they got a lot of favorable press and endorsments from big musicians and their price skyrocketed.
kolkata_dude
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Feb 14, 2004 01:01 a.m.


I totally agree to BU. You can definately get a P&Co. for a similar price as the others in kolkata. i have one for myself. I live in Kolkata and have had several of my musician friends buy this from P & Co directly. Absolutely Original. But to be very honest, their is no big difference between the MKS and P &Co. its only a name that is different here.

chao...

Harmonium_Fan
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Mar 02, 2004 07:17 p.m.


kolkata_dude,

do you have a phone number for Paul and Co?
I have seen the address in some of the other messages for this forum, but no phone number....

I will be in India this April and want to purchase a harmonium from Paul and Co in Kolkata, but I need more information. If you could, please post the information... Thanks...

Harmonium_s
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Mar 11, 2004 09:17 a.m.


Well if you are looking for Pakrashi? s official website, you can log on to www.pakrashi-harmonium.com. You are correct the dealers in the west charge a premium, but I find a valid reason for it, please let me explain - suppose if you are importing the instrument directly, you have may risks weather the instrument is up-to the mark or not ? Weather they will send you the correct model or not .? What about after sale service.. Most important is weather they will send the instrument or not after receiving your money ..? etc.
Where as if you are buying from your local store you don?t have all the risks, so I suppose the western sellers sell it at a premium because they cover all your risks. Well I have ordered a paul & company harmonium form a dealer in Mumbai, I paid the full money in advance & after 8 months I received the instrument, it was absolutely substandard , then I can to know that it was a fake one. Recently, I tried with Pakrashi, they have sent the instruments in time & up till now I am satisfied with the performance of the instrument.
Regards
Harmonium_s
jingle
Re:Paul & Co. Website? Mar 19, 2004 03:42 a.m.


I have seen pakrashi harmoniums here in CA. they are mediocre quality. not something that would interest a professional. paul & co have very high finished harmoniums. no sustain, similar sound of any other scale changer. Palitana reeds i guess. so whats the big deal?
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