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harmonica beatbox

In 1821, a 16-year-old German clockmaker named Christian Ludwig Buschmann put 15 pitchpipes together and invented what we know today as the harmonica. The tiny instrument may have faded away unnoticed among all the exciting innovations of the 19th century, but Buschmann recognized his invention as a truly unique musical instrument only four inches in diameter and equally high, with 21 notes and crescendo playing possibilities with harmonies of six tones, which can be held as long as the player has breath. He named it the mundaeoline, which is German for mouth harp. In time, all of Europe had heard about this delightful hand-held wonder.

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