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Adam PJun 29, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
I've just bought a Hohner Song Band Vamper off eBay and was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about this harp. The guy I've bought it from says he purchased it in the 70's. It looks pretty much like a standard 10 hole Marine Band but unusually it appears to have metal around the ends of the wooden comb (i.e over the tines). I bought it with a view to customising it as I picked it up pretty cheap and it looks to be in excellent condition.
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It would help if you could post a picture of this harmonica. Even if he purchased it in the 70's, it may be much older than that and not every harmonica model was issued in all countries.
Hi Bob, I've posted a couple of pictures of it under my profile. Couldn't figure out how to post in this thread.
Figured it out - here you go...
I would've also like it if you had also posted a picture of the bottom cover plate to see if it had the Star of David on it because if that was there, it would mean it was made prior to World War II. Hohner has made tons of cheapies and novelty harps over the years and one I remember was The Beatles model. Any model with the word Vamper was definitely not issued here in the USA at all and my guess on this harp without a whole lot of knowledge about this model would be prior to the 1970's at the latest. I would strongly urge you to get in touch with Pat Missin, who is one of the most knowledgeable people about the instrument around, and also Winslow Yerxa who you'll usually see on Harp-L and is also the author of the book, Harmonica For Dummies, which is pretty good. The only other diatonic I've ever seen issued in the USA that had a comb of wood and metal was the Orchestra I and Orchestra II. It kinda looks like those models with a different name, but those guys are more likely to know about that for sure.
Thanks for you help Bob. The bottom cover doesn't have the star of David on it so I guess that rules out pre-war. It's also in too good condition for that. I've already heard from Winslow but he wasn't familiar with it. Never mind - it's a nice harp nonetheless and something a bit different for the collection.
I have a song band vamper 8214 key of C that I bought on the Island of Crete in the mederterian in 1969. When I was stationed at the NATO Missle Fireing Range there. I have played it for many years and it sounds as good now as when I bought it. It's the only hohner I've found the has the metal instead of wood or plastic. I've been trying for years to find another in a different key but no luck.