[Harp-L] Harrison Harmonicas
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Harrison Harmonicas
- From: "Aongus MacCana" <amaccana@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:43:26 +0100
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I have never been fortunate enough to buy a customised harmonica, but I
remember the advice of the late lamented F R Farrell (surely of Irish
extraction) that anyone not capable of maintaining his own harmonica could
not afford to play one.
I did however have the happy experience of having two Hohner 270 chromatics
rebuilt by a Scotsman resident in Staffordshire. I can testify that both of
these instruments played better than when I purchased them factory fresh.
I am sorry to say that in the experience of my mature (very mature) years I
have come to the conclusion that nobody - including Larry Adler- ever got
rich from playing the harmonica. Sadly even fewer have achieved financial
security from repairing/customising them.
One of these days I shall speculate a few bucks (Euros in these parts)in
purchasing a custom harmonica. If the misfortunate vendor goes 'belly
upwards' before filling my order, I shall write it off as "just one of those
In the meantime I shall try to say a prayer for the misfortunate Mr.
Harrison, who I have only heard of courtesy of this list, for his courage in
"having a go".
Aongus Mac Cana
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