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GUEST,Tom Bliss Very cheap keyboard - suggestions? (81* d) RE: Very cheap keyboard - suggestions? 21 Jan 10

I've been thinking of getting shruti for years, just not got round to it. Tried the electric ones but didn't think they sounded like a musical instrument. Sorry I missed the B1 - I'd have had that - but was in hospital. (Had a 'proper' Bontempi over the water for a while, cost me a quid from the jetty boot fair, but it was too big to lug to the session).

Sean, do you think your 'proper' shruti has enough puff to blow a melodica? I've tried various pumps and balloons to drive mine and they never work, but the reed size must be about the same, and you mostly need only one note at a time.

A discrete (pluggable) hole in the side of the shruti to attach the tube...

Got my wasp working again - but that's worth a few bob now (collectors item). The lad plays it and the drums at the same time - and he's bagged my stylophone too!

I did make a rig so I could pump a toy accordion with my foot, then wedge down notes for a drone, and play the guitar and sing over. May try to do something similar with the shruti.

Is Rachel's harmonium the kind with the horizontal bellows? Which only sounds on the squeeze? That's the problem with most - whereas the reciprocal bellows on the schruti (dashed clever, that) give you a continuous breath.


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