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

Thanks Winslow. The stamp coincides with when Hohner gave them to me

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:21:49 -0700
From: winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Numbers on MB plates ?
To: boogalloo@xxxxxxx; harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx

The last two digits are the year. The first two are either the week or the month (not sure which, perhaps someone more knowledgeable can fill in this detail). Winslow Yerxa
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        From: Buck Worley <boogalloo@xxxxxxx>
 "harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx" <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
 Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:25 PM
 Subject: 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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