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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 03:14:56 PM »

That's pretty cool, kind of early precursor of the Ztar.




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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2013, 03:50:27 PM »

     Genuinely what is this piece of kit? Some sort of Gurdy or something?
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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013, 04:05:53 PM »

Gurdy? No! It's a melophone.

(Honestly, reminds me of someone coming up after a gurdy recital and remarking, "I didn't know it had reeds...")  ;)
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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013, 04:07:27 PM »

Gurdy? No! It's a melophone.

(Honestly, reminds me of someone coming up after a gurdy recital and remarking, "I didn't know it had reeds...")  ;)

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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013, 04:51:05 PM »

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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 04:56:17 PM »

So is this an actual, rare, bona fide "collectors piece" - unlike, for instance, the "rare" old Hohners so often listed on EBay?!

The Met has a pretty interesting collection of early free-reed instruments on display, all of which are quite odd-looking.
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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2013, 09:53:24 PM »

So is this an actual, rare, bona fide "collectors piece" - unlike, for instance, the "rare" old Hohners so often listed on EBay?!

Yes, only ever seen one before and that was in a museum.

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Re: Is it a melodeon, a guitar ... a phone?
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 03:41:46 PM »

I've never seen one, other than at the musical instrument gallery at the Horniman Museum in London. Here's a bit more info - http://squeezyboy.blogs.com/squeezytunes/2008/02/melophone.html
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