Odd instrument

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  1. sunset said:

    Default Odd instrument

    Does anyone know of a small piano harmonica? Size is 260mm x 50mm. Has 10 black and 16 white keys. Made in Czechoslovakia. One end has connection points for external air intake. Saw this item at a music festival.You could blow into it to get it going but it is very hard work. It also has a reset button.
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    Frankie Jasmine said:


    Dear Sunset,

    I think I have found the instrument you're looking for:


    Hopefully it's okay to post this, even though it is eBay. Scroll down the page and find more images and historical information on the piano harmonica.

    Here are images under 'Piano Harmonica,' but only a few are actually the 'piano harmonica.' (The search must also pick up 'piano,' 'harmonica,' and musicians of those instruments):


    Want more information? GOOGLE: Piano Harmonica.

    At first I immediately thought of Benjamin Franklin's "mechanical piano armonica" invention (or as some term it "harmonica"), although a flow of air is not needed for play. I saw this at a museum in either Washington, D.C. or Chicago, IL. His inventions are ingenious. Want to peek at Franklin's mechanical piano armonica? . . .




    Hope you enjoy--and that the very first link is for the instrument you described.
    Last edited by Frankie Jasmine; 05-09-2011 at 11:20 PM. Reason: Additional images
  3. sunset said:


    Can't thank you enough! I will explore the links especially Franklin's. It's slightly different than the one I am seeking but at least I have somewhere to start. Thanks again
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    Frankie Jasmine said:


    You are most welcome! Yes, I find Franklin's mechanical piano armonica far more interesting . . . But does this link show the instrument you were originally looking for?...



    Eeeeek! They removed that link already! Here's another to try, just to see if this is the correct one:

    Last edited by Frankie Jasmine; 05-11-2011 at 04:16 PM. Reason: Add new url
  5. Artmartin said:


    Informative post.. Thanks for sharing this post.