Re: [Harp-L] Harrison Patent application number: 20090308223

Half-valving actually makes overblowing impossible; you use the extra draw and blow bends in lieu of overblowing.

I think the attraction of Harrison Harmonicas to Americans was that they were manufactured from scratch in their country. That plus generous servings of hype.

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM, null <philharpn@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> I read through the patent and couldn't determine what the harmonica was supposed to do.
> I've owned a custom Marine Band and at least one each of all the new Marine Bands. They are very easy to play and bend easily.
> I've only seen the Harrison on a table and pictures of it. 
> I know a half-valved harmonica will yield extra blow bends on the low end and extra draw bends on the top end and adjusted reeds make overblowing easier. 
> What did it purport to do? How was/is it different from other custom or high-end harmonicas?
> Phil
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vern <jevern@xxxxxxx>
> To: Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Harp-L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:26 am
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Harrison Patent application number: 20090308223
> I agree. This patent appears to be very narrow, with many detailed claims 
> referring to the covers.  For this reason, I'm guessing that it would be very 
> easy to avoid by making some inconsequential change to the cover design. 
> Here is an 1895 patent for a machine that milled reeds in the longitudinal 
> direction. See 
> Anything that is published, patented anywhere, obvious, or already in the public 
> domain cannot be patented.  For this reason, Brad could not patent this feature.  
> I think that such a patent would have to be on some unique aspect of the reed 
> itself and not the process that made it.  Of course there are process patents 
> but this is not one of them.
> I am not a patent attorney but for several years I was the patent coordinator 
> for my employer working with our patent attorneys.  I am inventor on 6 patents. 
> One of them made some money for my employer.  The others are just 
> not-very-interesting pieces of paper. A patent and a dollar will get you a cup 
> of coffee.
>  Can any of you patent attorneys confirm or deny the above?
> Vern
> On Dec 5, 2013, at 5:45 PM, Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I looked at the Harrison patent application. The patent appears (to me)
>> to be primarily concerned with the mounting of the covers and the 
>> fastening mechanisms.
>> One of the most interesting aspects of the B-Radical was the longitudinal 
>> milling of the reeds. I found no mention of this in the patent application.
>> Regards,
>> Crazy Bob 		 	   		  

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