Joanna Funk

music, gardening and my dog

My Hohner Piano 27 melodica circa 1960 ❤️

I’ve been looking for this kind of melodica for ages — it’s the kind that Augustus Pablo played. Hohner piano 27 melodica – called piano because the earlier models had buttons rather than an actual keyboard. It has a very warm tone, not bright at all. I really want to play it in Roaring Lion but it’s a matter of blowing it well into the mic. The band is loud and this kind of acoustic instrument can just drown unless it’s really amplified. Found it on Amazon, from a second-hand shop in the U.S.

Augustus Pablo. I took this photo from the excellent site

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About Joanna

Joanna is British Australian. She worked mainly in financial news in London. In her forties she moved to her parents’ birthplace, Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, where she became a pianist in a hotel and wrote a blog about musicians. The blog became a book before Joanna came to Australia in 2012. In this blog she writes mostly about music, gardening, and trips to Sabah. Oh, and Wookie the Havanese.

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