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US Patent 2479738

Awarded in 1949 to Jerome L. Goldstein and Mathew A. Strumor, this is a neat idea. The circular reedplates has a series of reeds arranged to play a simple tune as the reedplate is rotated, bringing each reed in turn to where it is sounded by the player's breath. However, the player does not have to turn the reedplate. Instead, a fan (28, in the diagram)is mounted partway along the mouthpiece which turns as the player blows into it. This fan is connected via a pulley (30) to an axle upon which is mounted the reedplate. So as the player blows into the instrument, the reedplate automatically turns to play the tune:

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