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  • The chord organ is a kind of home organ with a keyboard and a set of chord buttons, enabling the musician to play a melody or lead with one hand and accompanying chords with the other, like the accordion. It was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1950 as an electronic home organ based on vacuum-tube circuits similar to the Novachord and Solovox. In addition to Hammond, Wurlitzer, Farfisa and Estey Organ also made chord organs. In the 1960s, Magnus Harmonica Corporation introduced their electric chord organs similar to electrically blown small home reed organs. Since then, chord organs were generally designed as toy instruments, and separated from the mainstream of home electronic organs. In addition to Magnus, also Emenee toy companies, Bontempi and Belcanto made chord organs. Chord organs have seen a recent revival amongst minimalist and ambient musicians.