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Blow Accordions

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According to the former website Musica Viva—that sadly went offline and is also not available through Internet Archives— saxophone-shaped blow accordions were a step-up, or fancier version of the simple design that was the most common.

These blow accordions were early variations of melodicas. However, rather than using a piano-style keyboard, these blow accordions used keys similar to a button accordion.

Most commonly blow accordions had 10 keys with 2 bass/chord buttons, but other variations can be found as well. Variations included instruments with more or less buttons. Those with more buttons had 2 rows of keys.

According to Musica Viva, the most important differences between the modern melodica and these vintage blow accordions, was that the vintage version had a double action—producing notes when air was drawn both in and out—and that it had bass/chord buttons, like a melodeon.

I have a number of different blow accordions in my gallery. Various manufacturers throughout Europe made them during the first half of the 20th century.

Blow Accordions

4 Key Wooden Blow Accordion8 Key Czech Wooden Blow Accordions8 Key Wooden Blow Accordion
Ands. Koch SaxaphoneCzech Tin SaxCzech Wooden Saxellowooden saxophone-shaped toy, vintage, Czechoslovakian
Deposee SaxEast German Blow AccordionFoil Wrapped Blow Accordion
German US Zone Blow AccordionHaro SaxNo Name Metal Sax
No Name Tin Saxvintage, blow accordion, musical instrument, EuropeanOrchestra SaxophoneGerman blow accordion, Orchestra Saxophone, vintage, pre-WWIIOrganette
SaxonetteThe Melody SaxophoneWooden German Saxvintage, wooden, musical instrument, saxophone-shaped
YedoJapanese-made vintage Yedo blow accordianSymplex Saxophon
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