Re: [Harp-L] My way to research the history of a harmonica and/or the harmonica in general

This does bring up a point of why I am getting reluctant to post things on Harp-L, which I imagineÂbrings cheers from some. That was aÂvery long post I typed, mostly for the archives, so ifÂsomebodyÂwants to start learning about harp history, they can have somewhere to start. It was about how you can look at a box and understand the manufacturers targeted audience, etc. and look at patents to determine what they had in mind with the designs. 
That post lay fallow since Nov. 12. That's OK. It was meant for the archives. But then, weeks later, it resurfacesÂwith one line picked out of it to say "Wait a minute, you can wash the entire Hohner line except the Marine Band and Blues Harp." ÂThe washable lines I wrote were to say that it was a point Magnus was using as a selling point.

BothÂthe 1847 Silver and Mangus are/were advertised asÂwashable. Do the Big River, Special 20,ÂGolden Melody,Âetc. have rivets that will corrode if you leave them in a water bath? Yes, they all do.ÂThat's why theyÂaren'tÂadvertised as washable. But you can wash whatever you want. I've washed plenty of Marine Bands in my day.
Dave Payne Sr. 
Elk River Harmonicas 

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From: fjm <bad_hat@xxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2008 5:58:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] My way to research the history of a harmonica and/or the harmonica in general

> What is valuable info on this piece are three words on the front. âDURABLE â WASHABLE â EASY TO PLAYâ (other side âEasy on the Lips-Sanitaryâ) that sums up Magnus' main selling points.
> There always may be others of anything, but the next truly washable harp I know of is the Seydel 1847 Silver of 2008.

Washable in what sense? Advertised as washable? I can think of a 
number of Hohners that would do just fine being washed. The Big Rivers, 
Special 20, Golden Melody, CBH 2016 and the 2012, maybe a Chrometta, the 
modern Blues Harp, the Hot Metal, the modern Old Stand By. You must 
mean advertised as washable. Here's Seydel's copy on that,

> Please clean your harmonicas only as often as needed!! - the 1847 SILVER is "dishwasher-proof". Please do not add any aggressive cleaning agents or tablets which could effect the reed plates. The shorter the treatment the better. Let the instrument dry our properly after the treatment.

Oops, forgot the Meisterklasse both versions. Those are just the 
Hohners. Lots of plastic combed harmonicas made by other manufacturers 
would fair pretty well in water. fjm

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