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My first guess is melodica. Sounds like the one I gave my wife for Christmas a while back and got played once,

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Haha wow that was quite fast
You’re right, it is indeed a melodica (or melodian, whichever you prefer)

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My guess as well. I have no real problem with the sound of them, there’s something cheap seeming about them though. I don’t know why I feel that way.

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Melodicas are great! Play them with the short mouthpiece vertically or BluTack them down and play keyboards style with the slinky tube thing horizontally. I see them often being used for Morris danceouts and have done so myself. They have a good loud, strident tone, esp for outside! One can get excellent articulation due to the two methods available (hands on keyboard/ blowing and tonguing). And check out the master: Augustus Pablo https://youtu.be/MiaekG1Q0UE

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I used to have one of those! My sister bought it at a boot sale for next to nothing.

There was a cheesy Christian Praise Band that used to play on the television, a fellow in that band played one.

I can see one for travelling, very compact (I took mine backpacking) but an accordion can do so much more.

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Got one too! Not used it much, but it came in useful for a tune in Bb: my keyboarding is faster in that key than on my button accordion (melodeon - NOT the same as a melodica btw!)

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a few years back our youngest son entertained us on a long drive home from Portsmouth with a cd of dub reggae, many tracks of which featured the melodica [Augustus Pablo above might well have been included] and at the end of the journey I had got to quite like it. More portable and cheaper than a piano accordion anyway.

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I’m pretty sure that Karen Tweed won an All-Ireland Senior title in the Miscellaneous Instruments section one year playing a melodica?????

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She won it in 1977 at the age of 14 - says so in Wikipedia so it must be true!

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I think she did it more than once, in different age groups. Wikipedia may have it right on this occasion.

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Sounds like a Cat Melodeon only not as nice.

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Wow I didn’t expect so many to recognize it! Haha and those who said that mine sounded a bit cheap were very right. it is a cheaper model unfortunately, but it does its job. I enjoy it as an alternative to the piano, since the group I play with has two pianists (me and one other), and no fiddler. And someday i do plan on getting an accordian, but for now I’m unfortunately broke.

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You all beat me to it!

It sounds more like the green one or the red one (which my father had), rather than the Piano version (I have a Piano 36)

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In the Caribbean Islands, Melodicas are called Hooters. The 80’s rock band "The Hooters" used the name and the instrument for several of their hits. Their music was a blend of different influences including Irish, Reggae, Zydeco and others.

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I’ve been playing my melodica a lot the last few days- it seems a little quieter than my flutes, and here in lockdown with everyone home, I feel like being low key. So I noodle softly away on it with great pleasure.
Originally I got it because I was travelling in Tunisia and lost my tin whistle. (My favourite one, of course). Nothing similar was to be found anywhere I looked so when I spotted the melodica in Tunis- bought it immediately.
( I already had great respect for them, because of an accordion playing friend who had been in an accident, and with smashed ribs could not play his usual instrument. He got a melodica and was soon a virtuoso on it,) I’ll never be anything but a noodler, but it’s fun. And can be kept quiet.

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I stand corrected. Melodica played well actually sounds great.