This is a very nice, 1920's Bakelite Rolmonica, player harmonica, with 8 paper rolls and the original box. This Rolmonica (harmonica) works very much like a player piano. The musical notes are created and played as the air is forced through the reed openings of the paper rolls, at the same time the paper rolls are being turned with the small hand crack. This is a very nice example, in working order, with 8 paper rolls and the original box. This tiny music machine has a genuine Bakelite body, with the original harmonica mounted in the saddle. There are 2 patent dates embossed into the Bakelite, one from 1925, and the other from 1926.
Measures approx. 4" x 3-1/2" x 1-1/2".
The Rolmonica Music Company created this instrument by mounting a removable 12-note harmonica (made in Germany), into a hinged Bakelite frame. The frame has a simple crank mechanism and a mouthpiece, to simplify playing tunes from paper rolls that sold for 10 cents each.
This Rolmonica is in good, working condition. There are no cracks, breaks or other structural damage. Some very minor cosmetic wear is present. The paper rolls all appear to be in good shape, but I cannot guarantee their condition. The paper roll that is inside the unit has been tested, and does work.
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