Re: [Harp-L] Hohner Chromonica with Richter note placement

Great information, John.

Is there any easy way to distinguish the two versions, say from an eBay
photo? Most people selling chromatics don't seem to have a clue how they're

On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 6:55 AM, <Helmuth2849@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello, Richard.
> The first mass-produced slide chromatic, the Hohner Chromonica, was
> originally a Richter note setup, with leather valves.
> It was made with the Richter setup from about 1911 to the mid 1930s. Back
> in those days, it was known as the "Regular Tuning" Chromonica.
> After Hohner bought the Koch harmonica company in 1928, the regular
> (Richter) tuning Chromonicas were discontinued, and replaced in the Hohner
> catalogs by the Koch Chromatic.
> >From about the early 1930s to the present day, "The Chromonica" is a
> solo-system note placement.
> The solo system note placement on a chromatic harmonica was originally
> called the "Hausler system," named after the General manager of Hohner, New
> York. He initiated using the solo system on the Hohner slide chromatics
> around
>  1928.
> Happy Holidays
> John Broecker

Arthur Jennings

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