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The vibrandoneon is a new instrument with an old history. In 1825 Mr Wheatstone who produced musical instruments in Londen experimented with a wind accordion. He called his invention a Symphonium. Its technique resembled that of the accordion. Air that is blown into the instrument (in the accordion through the bellows and in the wind accordion through a mouth-piece) sets reeds into motion that produce the sound. The Symphonium that combined for the first time a keyboard, metal reeds and the musician’s breathing was succeeded 1827 by Concertina. In 1829 this instrument received its official recognition as “piano-éolien”. Throughout the 19th century several instruments were built that advanced the Concertina such as Harmonicor of Jaulin (1861) and the Melodienbläser by Hohner in 1890. The Hohner instruments were the predecessors of the popular Melodica that was extensively used in 20th century musical education. Although the name Accordina was first used for a wind accordion in 1897, in 1943 the French producer of musical instruments André Borel produced a proto-type accordina that would be commercially manufactured from 1955 onwards by Laurent Jarry and Marcel Dreux in France. The accordina has a button keyboard. As of to-day only one firm has managed to produce this instrument with a piano keyboard. This is the Italian accordion manufacturer Victoria in Castelfidardo. The instrument is in a developmental stage and the patent application by inventor Guido Tononi is still pending. Cees Hamelink plays one of the first prototypes of this instrument that its Italian maker baptized a “Vibrandoneon”.

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