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Hohner Harmonetta

Hohner Harmonetta

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This harmonetta was made by M. Hohner in Germany, early 1950s – mid-1970s. It has 18 double holes with 32 hexagonal buttons in harmonic table note layout. This harmonetta has a black plastic comb with a gold tone metal body with air holes. Accessioned with original leather covered wooden case.

The harmonetta combines features of the harmonica and the melodica. Individual notes can be played by depressing a single button. Chords can be played by depressing multiple adjoining buttons.

German musician and engineer Ernst Zacharias (b. 1924) invented the harmonetta and has received over 90 patents for Hohner, including plastic recorders and watch and clock mechanisms.

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Object Name
Date made
early 1950s – mid-1970s
Hohner, M.
place made
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
harmonica: 1 15/16 in x 6 in x 7 1/8 in; 4.92125 cm x 15.24 cm x 18.0975 cm
case: 2 3/4 in x 6 5/8 in x 10 in; 6.985 cm x 16.8275 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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