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Artis Wodehouse plays Mack the Knife on a Magnus Chord Organ

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Uploaded on Jan 1, 2012

Artis Wodehouse plays Mack the Knife from Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill on a Magnus Chord Organ. The Magnus Chord Organ was manufactured in Linden, NJ during the 1960s. Like an accordion, pitches are sounded by a set of metal reeds triggered by depressing a key. When the key is pushed down, it permits the continuously running electrical blower to suck air through the reed assigned to that key, causing the note to sound. The instrument also has several common chords that can be triggered by a set of push buttons to the left of the keyboard. When one of the chord buttons on the left is pushed, 3 notes of the chord play simultaneously. These chords can serve as the background to a melody. In the original conception of Mack the Knife, the accompaniment was played on a barrel organ.

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