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Get. Out. This is a Lekholm Instruments DM48 Digital Chromatic Harmonica, a MIDI harmonica that plays just like a read reeded instrument but that can sound like anything.

I mean just watch this:


Now for the bad news. This crazy instrument is quite difficult to master – the company recommends extensive experience with synths – and it costs “7500 SEK (~750 EUR) including Swedish VAT plus shipping (~25 EUR). Non-EU customers avoid VAT and pay 6000 SEK (~720 USD) plus shipping (~30 USD).” That’s right: almost a grand for a harmonica that can resurrect the ghost of Charlie Parker. You can check it out here.

On second thought maybe I’ll just stick with my Hohner Marine Band.


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.