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German Patent 17142

G. A. Dörfel and K. R. Franke went for the triple whammy with this 1882 patent - a harmonica with bells AND strings!

Gustav Dörfel headed up a very successful accordion and harmonica company in Klingenthal from the mid 1800s up until his death in the early 1920s, after which it was run by various family members until some time after WWI. The company made several instruments with innovative features, most notably a harmonica with celluloid covers, but I am not aware that this stringed, belled beast was ever commercially manufactured.

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