I had the chance to take some photos of a harmonium earlier this year. It is an instrument that I tried my hand playing, gaining some proficiency, but it did not engage me at the deepest level. Especially at the time when academic priorities of O level examinations won over, I never played it really thereafter. So the opportunity to take some photos also got me looking closer at this middle 19th century wind instrument from Europe. In the first version, the instrument stood on a heavy frame, minus the bellow we see today, but with foot pedals. By the second half of the 19th century, the harmonium made an entry into the Indian sub-continent through the (not entirely clear which of the two) European traders or British colonial circles. It chose its heart to be in Kolkata (then Calcutta), before it found its way into rest of the sub-continent.
The keys are on the left side, both the black and the laminated ones. Pressing the keys make them pivot above a point somewhere below the wooden strip in the middle. The wire form springs keep them in place, screwed down with captive washers.
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