The Suzuki Omnichord – a sort of electronic autoharp – was first released in 1981, and is one of the bizarre electronic instrument that have lives beyond their original intent.
A completely unique design using a harmonic strumplate, directly linked to the chord buttons, meant a beginner could play in tune almost instantly, and a more accomplished musician would be able to accompany himself or another vocalist/soloist.
Instrument evolution saw additional sounds and rhythms, chord sequencer (ideal for composing or accompanying), MIDI, and finally a name change with the introduction of the Qchord.
In the video above, Casey Desmond introduces the Omnichord.
Below, Jolene Sugarbaker, trailer park queen, demonstrates some of instruments kitsch appeal.
In this last video, ElectricPony demonstrates the various functions of the Suzuki Omnichord.