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blogwardJul 16, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
I have a 'Bandmaster' diatonic in a riveted blue canvas slipcase stamped (only) 'made in the German Democratic Republic' which I read somewhere was issued to GIs in Germany - a quick Google seems to suggest that they were made by Seydel. Anybody know more? Thanks.
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It was made by Seydel. You know how Seydels today, besides the 1847 and Solist Pro, come in the leather pouches? Seydel's been doing that for a while. Back in the 70s and 80s, they were making those blue canvas case, it was what the Bandmaster harmonica came in. That harmonica had a comb similar to the Session today and the covers were made with same tooling as the Favorite Black coverplates are today.
Does it look like blue jean material? I think that was the idea behind that slipcase, cashing in on this blue-jean craze that swept through the Soviet bloc in the 1970s and 1980s. It sure as hell looks like blue jean material, doesn't it? It even has the same rivets that you'll find in the corners of the back pockets of blue jeans.
But it's not blue jean cloth! That's what the East German Communist Party wants you to think...
It's not even cloth. Look at the inside of the case, that's where the material is most obvious, it's some kind of rubber/synthetic manmade material that has been formed to make it appear as if it were made of woven cotton fibers. They sure did a hell of a job on that.
Yeah, thanks, that's the one. It was like new when I got it, but six months in the pocket and the fabric started to wear and split. Probably made out of surplus Trabant car seats. And you know what? Like every Seydel I've ever had, 5 draw is going flat all by itself.
The Seydels made while it was under Communist East German rule (BTW, the Seydel family weren't allowed to own it under their rule) had really flushed the company down the toilet bad and by the time the Seydel family got it back, it was ruined so badly that earlier in this decade, it was in bankruptcy, and then was bought out by a media company who infused much needed cash for improvements.