MATRIXSYNTH: HOHNER Electra Melodica 1966-1967 * RARE monophonic synth *

Thursday, January 19, 2023

HOHNER Electra Melodica 1966-1967 * RARE monophonic synth *

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"Rare Hohner Electra Melodica which is a monophonic windsynthesizer produced by Hohner in 1966-67. Obviously this instrument was so far ahead of its time that they only produced 500 pieces until it was discontinued.

The melodica has 6 sounds to choose from - clarinet (1 octave lower than the rest), brass, strings, oboe/bassoon, flute, saxophone, there are also three "formants" for the wau-wau effect that you can choose from and manipulate with the pushbutton on the left side of the instrument. The melodica has a vibrato that can be altered in amplitude and frequency and two pots for finetune and coarsetune. The octaveswitch allows to choose between five octaveranges. The manual has 3 octaves, using the octave switches you can play notes from "f" below the lowest note on a piano to the "e" above the highest c on the piano.

The power supply has new fresh electrolytic caps and a bulb has been changed on the inside of the instrument. The melodica has also been tuned properly.

The package contains the original power supply, the power cord, a connection cable from power supply to the melodica (same as the 'MIDI'-cables we use today), 1x3-pole-DIN/3-pole-DIN and 1x3-pole-Din/jack cable to connect the melodica via the power supply to the amp. It also contains two mouthpieces.

The original case has suffered a little bit throughout the years and the melodica has a crack on the downside which has been glued (check pictures)."

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