the best of SfB #3

by mari

It’s that magical, timeless week between Christmas and New Year’s. Though I will be happily taking a mini-blog-vacation, it’s the perfect time of year to look at some of the top posts from Small for Big this past year. Let’s count them down this week, shall we?

The 3rd most popular blog post: Melodious Melodica

I’m working hard on this year’s holiday gift guides – they should premiere next week, with a huge jam-packed week of giveaways as well (hold on to your seats people, it’s going to be a great ride!). When I ran into this crazy retro little number, I almost saved it for the guides. But hell, it’s too cool, it deserves it’s own mention. So here we are.

What is this thing? Well, it’s called a Melodica, and in this instance a retro melody horn (with case!). In short it’s a keyboard that will only play it’s music when you’re also blowing into one end. It’s your air, like a pipe organ, that provides the pressure that creates the sound. Yes, I’m a music geek and yes I want one (it’s also available in black and white!). But if you’ve got a kid who knows a little bit about the piano – or who is dragging their feet about those dang piano lessons – this may just be the quirkiest gift I can think of. And if you don’t believe me, please note that this keyboard is being sold at Urban Outfitters – which is obviously the last bastion of cool. And if you don’t believe them, then check out these two cool cats playing Summertime. I want to know these kids (and let’s find that firey ukelele next, shall we?)

And here’s a pic of the black and white version too – note the extra bendy mouthpiece is available on both styles.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa January 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

Hey there! I just wanted to point out that the firey ukulele is a Fluke ukulele from Flea Market Music — might be a custom order or just decals, but that’s the tell-tale Fluke body shape. I have both a Fluke and a melodica, and I can highly recommend both as beginner instruments… I love them!!


2 Miz Big January 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Melissa – THANK YOU! I’ve been wondering about that ukulele but didn’t know where to look, and would love to add it to our collection in a couple of years.


3 Amara January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

i like that music material that the girl is playing. What is the name of that instrument?


4 Miz Big January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In the video they’re playing a Melodically and a Ukelele. Both great instruments.


5 Macy September 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Has any one tried the Schoenhut Melodica ?


6 mari September 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

I haven’t, but I’ve heard good things about the brand. Let us know if you try it!


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