RE: [Harp-L] Numbers on MB plates ?

Oh...also the D harp has steel cover plate nails. A small detail but just adds to the mystery.I have cleaned the C harp but haven't re assembled and have not yet cleaned the D. Therefore I cant elaborate on sound, response etc. Buck

> From: boogalloo@xxxxxxx
> To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:09:49 -0500
> Subject: [Harp-L] Numbers on MB plates ?
> List,
> I found a box with a couple dozen old used harps that looked repairable on the surface. Assorted standard Marine Bands, 3 old type Old Standbys, a couple of Huangs and 2 Vest Pocket harps. I picked 6 MBs and began my restoration project.
> Two of the MBs have numbers stamped on the plates. C harp, top plate has 0797, bottom plate has 0397.
> D harp, top and bottom plates have 1106 stamped. On the bottom plate the #8 reed has red paint?? on about 2/3 the lenght of the reed. Also, the reeds on this harp have a copper tint.
> A long time ago while at the NAMM show, the Hohner rep gave me 3 or 4 prototypes to try out and provide feedback which I did. I just wonder if these may be prototypes.
> I have never noticed anything stamped on reed plates before and never seen red reeds or copper colored reeds on a Marine Band. There were no other markings that I found.
> I'm just curious. Can anyone tell me what these are?
> Regards,Buck 		 	   		  

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