Name this instrument?!?!?!?!

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Member Since: Jun 04, 2004

I know this is a long shot but I`ve been desperately trying to remember/find out the name of a certain instrument... I had one of these when I was a little boy!`s like a mini keyboard thing and you put it in your mouth and blow to make the sound. It`s a really simple little thing but I just saw the Eels "with strings" live and they were using one to great effect. (incredibly gig by the way!)
Anyway, pictures or names would be amazing.
Thanks ever so much.
Take Care,

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jun 13, 2005 06:56 pm


i googled 'mouth piano'

Since: Oct 30, 2003

Jun 13, 2005 07:07 pm

i believe the magic numbers use one too if that helps...

Since: Jun 04, 2004

Jun 13, 2005 07:09 pm

ahhh thankyou very much guys! Have you heard the Magic Numbers album? I was thinking of getting it...what did you reckon to it?

Since: Jul 25, 2004

Jun 14, 2005 01:35 am

If memory serves, it's also referred to as a "Recorder". Had one of those as a kid too.

Am I high or does anyone else remember it by that name?

Ultra Magnus
Since: Nov 13, 2004

Jun 14, 2005 02:02 am

It's a melodica, and i love them.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jun 14, 2005 07:26 am

recorder is the straight tube, like a clarinet, with holes down the length of it. has the whistle type mouthpiece.

different animal. We still have one or two of them floating around the garage.

Dub head
Since: May 03, 2004

Jun 14, 2005 08:04 am

Melodica's are freakin' awesome! I've been looking for one for a while. Augustus Pablo, a reggae/dub artist from the 70's was famous for playing his. Man, what a great sound you can get out of those things.

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Jul 09, 2005 11:06 pm

Anybody have eny exp. micing one of those for live performance? I love mine, but haven't brought it out of the house yet. Kind of weird to have the sound holes pointing out the back of the instrument. I thought about using a "hot spot" type pickup, but wasn't sure if it would blast the note it's closest to. Any advice?

P.S. the "non-toy" ones are made by Honer (the harmonica people). Three or four versions available, one labled as "pro". Very much a get-what-you-pay-for instrument! Not many stores actually carry them, but they're distributed by MIDCO, which pretty much any music store orders from, so you can get them if you ask!

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