From the 1940s onwards, quality reeds were produced in Palitana in the Indian State of Gujarat. However, as I dug out, there is another thing done differently. The German reeds, made out of whatever material or chemical composition, were made for American reed organs and they were really "locked" down - they have a tonal point. The Indian version, on the other hand, uses a chemical composition, that allows the reeds to continue to "settle down" over time - so there is a tonal range. That means a brand new harmonium can sound more pliant and mellow in about six months of time. Also, the harmonium owners are recommended to play the instrument regularly (if not daily), to get the reeds to exercise. For musicians and professionals, that is not a problem. It may be more of a problem for the occasional hobbyist.
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