Thursday, May 24, 2007

perhaps inspired by the goofus...



a nice cdv with a young man holding a somewhat strange instrument - some kind of accordion horn. i believe from web surfing, that this is a hohnerette, but i'd be happy to hear from anyone out there who knows (i'd also be interested in anyone who might have one of these they want to part with!).

"Once a common feature of such things as the Sears Roebuck catalog, the blow accordion (sometimes also called mouth accordion or flute harmonica) is essentially an accordion without bellows. The most common form has ten buttons or keys, plus a pair of bass and chord buttons, just like the common diatonic accordion or melodeon, although the blow accordion usually only has a single set of reeds with just one reed per note. They have been made in a variety of forms, from the box-like Hohnerette, to cylindrical models such as Hohner's Organette and the Fluta by Christian Weiss. The Hohner Sax was a blow accordion made in the shape of a saxophone, perhaps inspired by the goofus."

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Blogger bloggsy said...

i've heard of a goofus before, but never seen one... found this:

6:42 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

that's pretty amazing... i like the idea of telling folks you play 'the goofus'....

8:40 AM  
Anonymous theroguestudios said...

That appears to be an early design of melodica or melodyhorn. Essentially, a keyed harmonica or a blown accordian.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Hathubha said...

This is a Hohnerette 1B model of the blow accordian. I have the 7B model, which is more intricately designed, but lacks the rear horn shaped piece. I am familiar with about 3-6 Hohnerette models, but have not seem all of them, as they are fairly uncommon.

7:34 PM  
Blogger celebrantdes said...

Hi I know this is a bit later than other comments but I have a Blow Accordion that looks almost identical to this one, although it needs some renovating as it has been knocked about over the last sixty - seventy years as my family has moved around various locations. I could provide a photograph of it.

11:27 PM  

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