Re: [Harp-L] pre-war harmonicas
Re old harmonicas (I posted something like this a few years back) -
anybody have any kind of contact point for Jon Bon Jovi? Some years back
(like about 20) he waltzed into the Queen Victoria building in Sydney
(Australia) and bought up the whole stock of brand new 1930s Boomerangs,
from an 'antique/collectables' shop (plus ald adverts. enamel signs etc.
etc.) whcih were European-made (forget which company) for Alberts, the
big music wholesaler here.
Being not rich, I had managed to buy just a few, including a low-octave
F and a C & A standard diatonic. I also had a chromatic on lay-by, but
Jon took that with him as well before I got back there (I live about
1000 kilometres south in Melbourne)
These were/are beautiful harmonicas, both to look at and play.
What the hell did Bon Jovi do with them? Greedy beggar!
If someone knows him, please ask him; and say can I have my chrom. if I
pay the balance owing (about $Aus30.00)
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Subject: [Harp-L] Pre-war harmonicas
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In a message dated 6/16/2007 9:46:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, brian
Can someone help me to understand why a majority of the 10-hole
harmonicas ( Echo-Richter tuned, Orkester, etc ) I buy off Ebay play
sooooooosmooth, incredibly easy ( next to no air to activate the reeds
), and sound full
and strong? It's like night and day, even compared to today's Special
If I could buy harmonicas like this all the time, I'd gladly pay twice
price of a regular one!
Brian, i don't think i've ever seen a pre-war harp, but in my
the reason harps play well is due to good manufacturing - close
airtightness of the harp, and proper gapping.
My questions to u - how do u know that they are pre-war harps? And
u afraid that the harps u buy on ebay would be over-played and that
would need tuning? Or don't u care, because they are collector's
ron - FL Keys
Ron, I'm basically basing my definition of a pre-war harmonica on the
the fact it has a 6-sided star in the middle on the back. I actually
didn't buy these harmonicas soley for playing purposes. I do harmonica
workshops in the schools, and I buy them for the kids to look at so they
can marvel at what I present to them as the " tin sandwich ".
But that doesn't take away from the fact that some of them play great!
They help to bring out the nuances of my playing. Brian
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