Bet you thought that Typesonic or that Steampunk Mac with a 114-year-old Remington typewriter were cool. You've never been blown away by any typewriter unless you've seen this Keaton Music Typewriter. There's no familiar QWERTY row on this typewriter because it types musical notes, not letters and numbers.
From its unusual shape to the number of units produced (under a dozen), the Keaton Music Typewriter is clearly not grandpa's old typing machine.Patented by Robert H. Keaton in 1953, the music note typewriter has 33 keys (an earlier model from 1936 had 14 keys). It was originally created to "help publishers, educators and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity."
Unfortunately, it didn't quite catch on as composers preferred to write their music by hand and decades later, computers would later render this typewriter obsolete.
How rare is the Music Typewriter? Less than 12 working units in existence rare.
Want one? Etsy user Jacksredbarn has one in near-perfect condition and is selling it for $5,895. Did your mouth just sink to the floor? Relax, shipping is free.
Being a typewriter enthusiast myself (there's just something about the way they look, feel and sound that excites me), I'd buy one if I had the cash. Then again, I could buy a decent vintage car with six grand.
Those interested in one of the rarest typewriters ever created can
leaf scroll through ETCetera — the "Magazine of the Early Typewriter Collectors Association" from 1993.