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"The Marxophone" Musical Oddities Poster Series #2 - 18x12 reprint of a vintage U. S. Patent




We present "The Marxophone": a historical musical instrument patent poster from our Musical Oddities Series of breathtaking, oddball instruments.  Art.  History.  Inspiration.


The Marxophone is an instrument with a Rock N Roll pedigree.  This strange zither piano used springy metal tines to play the melody strings, giving a boingy sound.  Ray Manzarek of The Doors used a Marxophone to deliver the saloon piano sounds in “Alabama Song.”


Learn more about these instruments and see pictures here on the Marxophone Wikipedia page.


These vintage musical instrument patents straddle the line between Da Vinci brilliance and lunatic ranting.


  • Many of the instruments came to fruition and were offered on the market.
  • Some were sold door-to-door by snake oil salesmen.
  • Others simply vanished over time, leaving no trace… save for their beautiful patent.


Your purchase of this inexpensive poster helps support our research and historical preservation work, ensuring that more gems like this will be re-discovered and made available to the homemade instrument community!


Printed on 12 x 18" brown kraft paper, it would be a perfect decoration for your workshop, man cave or music room. They also make great gifts for the music lover in your life! Designed and printed in the USA!


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