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Accordion, Harmonica, Mouth Harp
In 2001 Richard Smith has developed and patented the world`s first electric harmonica. The natural progression was to go wireless. Shown at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2003, the first test samples performed extremely well and production models will be shipping soon under the "Harmonix" brand name.
Approaching manufacturers of wireless systems, Richard eventually teamed up with AKG Acoustics. Product Manager Mario Siokola recommended WMS 40 microtools Series MP 40 micropen components and Richard built them into a harp.
A small battery compartment on the rear of the pre-production models will be hidden behind the instrument's rear panel on production units.
The first model tested was a large 16 hole chromatic harmonica of the type commonly used by Stevie Wonder. Because of its size it has two omnidirectional 6-mm condenser microphone capsules installed. Smaller chromatic and blues harps will only require one microphone. The MP 40 transmitter chip is integrated into the body and the whole system is powered by a 1.5v battery inside the rear panel battery compartment.