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German Patent 63035

Awarded in 1892 to Karl Lux of Ruhla, Thuringia, this patent shows a somewhat different approach to the automatic harmonica idea. Instead of a punched paper roll being wound through the instrument to select the notes, this one has a reedplate with the reeds arranged to play a simple tune as they are fed through a blowing pipe in a manner similar to a magazine being fed through a gun.

I know nothing further about Lux, other than he was granted Austrian Patent 18557 in 1904, for improvements to reedplates for blow accordions and German Patent 83918 in 1895, for a mechanical instrument in the shape of a trumpet.

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