New Harmonica Patent

Anyone know anything about this? It's been reported in at least two
places (including the NY Times) that William R. Epping, a Hohner
employee, was granted a patent for "the first blues harmonica to play
all the notes of the chromatic scale." One article said that it looked
just like a regular diatonic, "but incorporates an additional set of
vibrating reeds that gives it additional range." Sounds like a

This was on page D2 of the Feb. 1 NY Times. The patent number is

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