INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Harmonium Forum: Buying a harmonium

 

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pitaji
Buying a harmonium May 08, 2004 04:15 p.m.


I have an old basic harmonium. I want to buy a new harmonium. I live in Washington DC area. Can anybody recommend where to buy. And should I buy a scale changer or one without it. Is it safe to buy from India and have it shipped it. Does anynody has good experience in buying online. And what is a reasonable price.
Bad Ustad
Re:Buying a harmonium May 08, 2004 06:17 p.m.


I will refrain from giving you names of dealers - as that seems to be frowned on here. I will say - DO NOT buy direct from India. Even if you purchase an instrument from a good dealer - there is always a chance that the instrument can arrive damaged or have hidden defect that the dealer has missed - at which point - you have no recourse - no way to get satisfaction. About scale-changers - if you must have a scale-changer - be sure you buy it from a VERY reputable dealer. If the wood is not absolutely cured - the insides will warp a few months after you have it home and it will end up. unplayable. Stay away from Pakrashi or Paul & Co. They are a lot of hype and not much value for your money. A good scale-changer shouldn't be much more than $700.00. If you want the name of a good dealer post your email address and I will send you a recommendation.
dev
Re:Buying a harmonium Please could you let me know who to buy a harmonium from in the usa? also any info. on surokar harmoniums? Jun 09, 2004 09:43 p.m.



Bad Ustad (May 08, 2004 06:17 p.m.):
I will refrain from giving you names of dealers - as that seems to be frowned on here. I will say - DO NOT buy direct from India. Even if you purchase an instrument from a good dealer - there is always a chance that the instrument can arrive damaged or have hidden defect that the dealer has missed - at which point - you have no recourse - no way to get satisfaction. About scale-changers - if you must have a scale-changer - be sure you buy it from a VERY reputable dealer. If the wood is not absolutely cured - the insides will warp a few months after you have it home and it will end up. unplayable. Stay away from Pakrashi or Paul & Co. They are a lot of hype and not much value for your money. A good scale-changer shouldn't be much more than $700.00. If you want the name of a good dealer post your email address and I will send you a recommendation.
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