This is yet another vintage toy saxophone that most likely came from the 50s or 60s. The Harmotone toy sax was one of a series of toy instruments that reflected the fascination with popular musical instruments of the day. Like the Emenee Toy Sax, the Harmotone takes us back to a time when life was simpler, and parental advisories were not required on children’s toys.
The seller of this particular item, described it like this:
Manufactured by Harmonic Reed Corp. Philadelphia, Pa. Made of sturdy plastic with clear tone reeds, the sax is in very good condition with the exception of some minor scuffing to the surface and one key pad will not reseat after depressing (very fixable I believe). The saxophone is in good working condition. Silver plastic body with eight keys.
In March 2012 another one of these Harmotone toy saxes appeared on eBay, which also came with its original box. This one however, came with its original instruction manual.
While the 2 examples of the Harmotone toy saxophones shown above have 8 keys, the Harmonic Reed Corp also made 4 key versions. Here is a silver 4 key Harmotone…
They also apparently made a gold coloured version of the 4 key Harmotone toy sax. The seller of this little toy noted the following specs about it on eBay:
Harmotone Musical Toy
Harmonic Reed Corp., Rosemont, PA
U.S. Pat. 2.373.129
8″ tall, 2″ at widest point