[Harp-L] Subject: Re: My way to research the history of a harmonica and/or the harmonica
Well don't judge by other folks who may be here because 90% of their
interest is amps/gears talk only ....there ARE some of us who find the history and
research of the harmonica itself fascinating. I read every word of your posts
and watch your videos with great interest...i simply wasn't able to respond
to every post i wished to...since i'm currently in the throes of recovery
from surgery/heavy duty therapy every other day, which limits me to typing only
occasionally here and there (depending on my pain level)...and if I've used
up my one or two posts a day energy.....
...since you'd specified it was for the archives I hadn't realized you might
prefer a response....mea culpa. I knew I couldn't write back to that
post....but definitely enjoyed reading it, as I do all your speculation/deductive
reasoning about the names, origins of the people/harmonica companies, etc.
Please keep it up, Dave...I'd be bored to tears if the list devolved into a
purely amp/gear list. There has to be something 'else' for the rest of us.
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 17:59:27 -0800 (PST)
From: David Payne <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] My way to research the history of a harmonica
and/or the harmonica in general
To: Harp L Harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
This does bring up a point of why I am getting reluctant to post things on
Harp-L, which I imagine brings cheers from some. That was a very long post I
typed, mostly for the archives, so if somebody wants 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 resurfaces with 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." The washable lines I wrote were to say that it was a point
Magnus was using as a selling point.
Both the 1847 Silver and Mangus are/were advertised as washable. Do the Big
River, Special 20, Golden Melody, etc. have rivets that will corrode if you
leave them in a water bath? Yes, they all do. That's why they aren't
advertised 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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