Paul Hardy's French-style German Melodeon (JJ)

Pictures of Melodeon

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Description of Melodeon

Firstly, this is not a concertina, but is a melodeon (one row diatonic accordion) and is in the same family of musical instruments (free-reed aerophones). In France, where I acquired it, it would be known as accordéon diatonique à une rangée, or mélodéon.

It is rectangular and largely black, with a single tow of keys.

There is no makers name, but the words Fabrik Marke and a logo of crossed keys. It was almost certainly made in Germany, probably early in the 20th century.

It is a diatonic accordion, which means that it produces a different note when a key is pressed, depending on whether the bellows are going in or out, like a mouth organ/harmonica does.

It is in poor condition, having been in an outhouse/barn for decades, but was always a cheap and cheerful model.

My time with this concertina

This instrument was given to me in France by Margaret's cousin JJ, who had found it in the outbuildings of a dilapidated farmhouse that they had bought.

I'm now wondering whether it is worth spending effort on, but as we are in coronavirus lockdowm, I may have more time than usual!

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