We have a wide range of top quality harmoniums, each with its appropriate stool.
All our hiring instruments have had their bellows restored.
1.Black Mustel No. 311 Date – 1880 Tuning – A440
This instrument – affectionately known as Black Beauty – was built in 1880 by the firm of Mustel. They were always acknowledged to be the Rolls Royce of makers, and today their instruments are sought out by those who want the best for their performance.
It has 22 stops with 6 rows of reeds in the bass & 8 in the treble. So there is plenty of ‘colour’ to be heard in the stops themselves and in the many combinations possible. Being an earlier number the reeds have a bright, ‘clean’ sound.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, C-C compass
Dimensions (in cm) – 125 x 63 x 100
2. Rosewood Mustel No. 1023-779 Date – 1900 Tuning – A440
Another of Mustels’ famous instruments- affectionately known as Rosie (for her lovely rosewood case).This one is from a later date and therefore has a slightly fuller & more rounded sound.
It also has 22 stops with 6 rows in the bass & 8 rows in the treble. Again, many colours can be found in the variety of stops.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, C-C compass.
Dimensions (in cm) – 128 x 65 x 102
3. Debain Harmonium No. 26869 Date – 1879 Tuning – A440
This instrument – affectionately known as Debbie was built in Paris by the firm of Debain. He was the man who gave the harmonium stops their names and thus established uniformity of Registration. He also built the instrument on which Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle was first performed.
The harmonium has 16 stops with 4 rows of reeds in the bass and 41/2 in the treble.
The bellows – feeders & reservoir – have been fully restored using lambskin.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, C – C compass
Dimensions (in cm) – 120 x 66 x 97
4. Rosewood Alexandre No. 502 Date – 1846 Tuning – A438
Alexandre was another well respected Harmonium builder in Paris. This instrument is a very early example and consequently has a very keen sound. It has 12 stops with the basic 4 rows of reeds typical of the time. A wonderful sound to accompany a visiting continental orchestra.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, C-C compass
Dimensions (in cm) – 128 x 68 x 93
5. Mannborg No. 26286 Date – c.1911 Tuning – A440
Mannborg were a large firm in Leipzig. They were held in high regard for their suction instruments (the bellows work on suction rather than pressure). This instrument has 20 stops with 6 rows of reeds in the bass & treble + a subbass 16 octave in the bass. It has a beautiful pipe organ like sound. Case is dark oak.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, F-F compass.
Dimensions (in cm) – 130 x 64 x 113
Graham Barber (organist of the Schultz @ Armley church) played this instrument when he made a broadcast for Radio 3 on the music of Karg-Elert.
6. Rosewood Mustel No. 1924-1057 Date – 1908 Tuning – A443
With its 24 stops and 6 rows of reeds in the bass + 10 rows in the treble this large specification enables harmoniumists to play the most taxing of pieces written for the harmonium – such as the music of Karg-Elert. His 2nd Sonata is considered to be the epitome.
This instrument was used by Anne Page in a CD of that piece and also in the Concert she gave in the Purcell Room, South Bank London. It is an excellent instrument for solo work.
Dimensions (in cm) – 128 x 69 x 106
7. Portable Reed Organ made by Yamaha Japan Tuning – A440
This instrument was made between 1949 and 1967.
It folds down into a box for easy transportation.
It has 2 sets of reeds – 8ft & 4ft.
The 8fts are on all the time – with the right knee lever being a Swell for those reeds. The 4fts come on when the left knee lever is pushed gently to the left. An adequate sound for small group and theatre work..
Keyboard – 1 manual, 4 octaves, C-C compass
Dimensions (in cm) – 68 x 39 x 68 when open
8. Portable Reed Organ made for Salvation Army Tuning – A440
This instrument was made in c.1925
It folds into a box for easy transportation.
It has 3 full set of reeds – 4ft, 8ft, 16ft.
Each set is activated by a lever with the footage printed on it.
A robust sound – made for work on the streets, such as Open Air Services, Rallies, etc.
Keyboard – 1 manual, 5 octaves, F – F compass.
Dimensions (in cm): 103 x 45 x 100 when open
55 x 30 x 100 when closed
Videos of Our Harmoniums Being Played
Black Mustel No. 311 Date – 1880 Tuning – A440
Rosewood Mustel No. 1924-1057 Date – 1908 Tuning – A438
To see a video of a good production of Mahler’s Song cycle ‘Leider Eines Fahrenden Gesellen’ by Psappha, click on ‘Watch & Listen Now‘. On the first line of videos – ‘Live Performances’ – click on Gustav Mahler arranged by Arnold Schoenberg. The picture shows the Mezzo Soprano for this piece.