Hohner Electra Melodica

 
(1)
 

Hohner is a musical instrument manufacturer with a reputation for innovative design and invention. The company was founded in Germany by Matthias Hohner in 1857, who began making harmonicas with his wife and one other employee. During the 1950s the Hohner company added a newly invented instrument they named ‘melodica’ to their catalogue. The melodica was a success, and was soon copied by several other companies around the world.

The Hohner Electra Melodica is a monophonic analogue synthesiser with a wind controller

Make: Hohner
Model name: Electra Melodica
Reed type: no reeds
Dimensions: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Keys: 36
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Pro
Features: None
Year of manufacture: Unknown

If you have any more information, please post in the reviews below
If you have extra images, please contact Melodica World
Please only rate this instrument if you have had experience of playing it

1 Review

  1. Melodica-Me

    It's time to dust off the lava lamp and burn some Insence. This one is a throwback of the days of hippies and pycadelic music. I first saw this melodica a few years ago when I was searching for a method to amplify my melodica and connect some special effects pedals. I first saw the Electra on a site call Matrixsynth.com where there was very little information and unfortunately no sound clip. This left me extreamly in a state of "what the heck is that" The search began. Endless days searching the Internet only finding the same articles and pictures. Then just about (2) months ago on this very site, fellow melodica player, Quetscher gave me the heads up on the find of the decade. Contact was made and BAM! It's mine. So for the last week it has been the only melodica I have been playing, just to understand what it can do and what the limitations are. First for the obvious limitations, you need electrical power and a amplifier or your dead in the water. It's a bit heavy, and it is a monophonic instrument, so no chords. Now if you need to tune it you open it and tweak a small pot at each key with a small screw driver, no reeds in this baby and no hard drive or floppy disk, just your basic circuit board, contacts, yada yada yada. Check out the picture of the inners. The sound is that of an early electronic keyboard version of a violin, trumpet, saxaphone, and oboe. All sounds that can be slightly modifiy. With a built in vibrato with adjustable speed and depth. And my favorite effect the Do-Wah Wau-Wau button, sort of a Wah Wah effect. Now add some reverb, delay, chorus and this melodica comes alive. Run it through the Leslie effect pedal and wow 60's organ sound, plug it in the B9 pedal and it's Hammond B3 organ time. I'm having fun now. All controlled by wind, a very cool instrument. I can definately say that this one will not see much work outside of my rehearsal room or studio work. So as far as giving it a rating, I am going to have to give it (5) stars simply because there is no other like it. AmazingrnMelodica-Me