Key/Reed and Stop Boards

The picture below shows the bottom side of the key/reed board from the back of the instrument. The key/reed board hinges from the front of the instrument.  

Below the key/reed board is the ‘stop' board. The rods attach to the knobs on the front of the instrument and when pulled, uncovers the holes which connect to the bottom bellows. This allows air from the bellows to enter the chamber. In this case it is the chamber for the male reeds. Out of the picture at the bottom is the chamber for the bass reeds, with the control rod at the right side of the picture. Leather is used to seal each chamber.

Inner Sanctum

Key/Reed board tilted up to show reeds. Picture is from the back of the harmonium.


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