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I like unique musical instruments. I play with a guy who is a brass player. He plays trumpet and cornet. For the past year of so he's been playing a melodica at our gigs. I love it! For those of you who don't know what a melodica is....
This is a melodica. Melodicas sound like something between an accordion and a harmonica. You can play chords and single notes on them. The are inexpensive. He found one on Amazon for $27 and while there are more expensive ones this one is the best IMO. A lot of the more expensive ones have annoying key click and intonation issues.
|Banjo Tam inventor Frank Abrams playing the Banjo Tam at the 2016 Nashville NAMM|
I own a Banjo Tam. When I first heard about the Banjo Tam I thought it was gimmicky but when I played one I was pleasantly surprised. It sounded like a high-end banjo but what makes the Banjo Tam unique is that the head uses a tambourine and for some reason this makes it sound better than many high-end banjos. Once you get the hang of it you can use the percussive effects of the tambourine. This instrument is considered so innovative that it made the Museum of Modern Art catalog.
Banjo-Tams come in open and closes back models.