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How do you tune a harmonium?

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Q: How often should a Harmonium be tuned?

A: You tune the harmonium reeds by filing (scraping, sanding) a little metal off of one side of the vibrating tongue of the reed. One side makes it sharp, one side makes it flat. For a detailed explanation see our Harmonium Maintenance page. How often a harmonium should be tuned depends on a lot of things. Mostly it depends on your ear. To a highly trained musican with a good ear, harmoniums sound chronically out of tune. For the average user, a tune up every few years is all you need.

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