Musical Instrument Maker

Harmonium Bellow Maker

The tasks a Bellow Man (Harmonium) is expected to perform include:

Making harmonium bellows by measuring and cutting cardboard strips and pleating them with soft leather and coloured paper

Selecting cardboard of the desired thickness

Marking and cutting the groove or channel on the cardboard at parallel lines to permit folding

Folding the cardboard along the slit edges

Pleating to form the bellows

Covering the bellows with satin and cloth

Gluing the leather or rexin and placing metal guards on the corners of the bellows, screwing nuts or gluing the bellow to the instrument cabinet and operating the leak

Bellowing to test the air lead by playing notes

Operating the bellow to check for proper operation

Knowledge of the harmonium bellow making process

Ability to work with a variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic and fibreglass, depending on the instrument

Proficient in selecting cardboard of the desired thickness

Well-versed in using traditional hand tools for working with wood or metal

Competent in tuning instruments to make sure they produce high-quality sound

Knowledge of testing the play notes

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Dexterity of hands

Ability to tune harmonium reeds and glue reeds in reed blocks

Knowledge of fabricating metal parts using shop machines and tools

Ability to repair used harmoniums

Attention to detail


Sense of artistry

Accuracy in work

Interest in music

It requires one to sit and work

Needs to handle a team of helpers

Local travelling is a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is available

Working hours

Musical instrument crafters usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from unit to unit

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL), Low Vision (LV) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH), Blind (B)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory disorders, cuts, skin allergies and irritation, etc.

Health risks include exposure to hazardous preservatives or pesticides on wood used for instrument making, inhalation of wood or metal dust, sharp cutting tools like chisels, rasps, files, hand saws, sandpaper or electric saws, sanders, drills, lathes and other instrument making machines, lifting, pushing, pulling, repetitive tasks, confined spaces, etc.

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Overview of the Indian Musical Instrument Industry

Indian culture has been emotionally involved with music since a long time, with Indian classic music being the most famous among Indians till the time globalization took place in the country. Due to the adoptive nature of Indian consumers, western culture followers have been continuously increasing in India over the years. Initially, the focus of Indian manufacturers was limited only to Indian musical instruments but the rising demand for western musical instruments has generated a huge potential for growth in the future. Domestic manufacturers have started manufacturing western musical instruments which are in massive demand.

According to ?India Western Musical Instruments Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2017?, the Indian western musical instruments market has been anticipated to reach 542.84 crores by 2017. Increasing western music lovers, disposable income of Indian consumers, availability of western music instruments, digitalization of the instruments and decreasing cost of instruments are the major factors which are driving this industry upwards.

Musical instrument stores across India

Harmonium manufacturers across India


Harmonium manufacturers across India