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IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1937 (1937)
Bontempi chord organs

Bontempi is an Italian musical instrument manufacturer, best known for manufacturing low-priced,[1][2] plastic-cased chord organs: small keyboard instruments in which the sound is produced by air being forced over reeds by an electric fan.

Such instruments were popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, and continued to be made until the mid-1980s, when Bontempi moved to manufacturing small, home electronic keyboards. The company continues to make low-priced musical instruments aimed at the educational and toy market, including keyboards, guitars, drum kits and various items of tuned percussion.

Bontempi has been manufacturing musical instruments and toys for over 80 years;[3] some of its fan-blown reed organs were built by Comus S.p.A.[4]

Some European musicians[who?] use the expression "having a Bontempi sound" to describe an electronic instrument that sounds like a young child's toy, as they were children when Bontempi instruments were extremely popular in western Europe.

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  1. ^ The Purchaser's Guide to the Music Industries. Music Trades Corporation. 1986. Retrieved 15 September 2013. - Bontempi, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of electronic keyboards, home organs, and musical toys, entered the U.S. market
  2. ^ Toy & Hobby World. Charleson Publishing Company. 1977. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ Robert F. Gellerman (1998). Gellerman's international reed organ atlas. Vestal Press. ISBN 978-1-879511-34-7. Retrieved 15 September 2013.