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Harmonica Memorabilia Collecting

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Reed Triller
Jun 09, 2010 1:28 AM GMT

I am sure some of you not only play but collect harmonica related items as well as harmonicas that aren`t necessarily playable.

What stuff do you collect? I am just starting.There are a couple old Hohners I might pick up at the local antique store.A little overpriced maybe but I really don`t see them often around here and I hate messing with Ebay.

Besides,they have their original boxes.

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Jul 01, 2010 7:35 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Just thought i`d give this topic a nudge.Also as a side topic,,,have any of you owned a piece of memorabilia that your favorite harmonica players owned/used? Did you find it helped inspire you in any way?

Jul 01, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

only all the junk i have accumulated over the years...

Jul 06, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

Whenever my wife and I go to "antiquing" or to an antique show (usually lots of junk and some collectibles/antiques), I always look out for harmonicas, microphones, knives, guns, airguns, locks (with keys!), compasses, cool tools, and gadgets.

I mainly like finding the little mini-harps like Hohner Lil Ladies, Pee Wee's, Seydel Bandmasters... most have 4 holes, but I have found some 5 holers)... also old Hohner Marine Bands, and anything that is unusual. I've seen lots of old beat-up chromatics and other harps that are way over-priced. I always dicker with the prices of everything, as it's pretty much expected.

But its getting harder to find treasures and collectibles, especially small things, due to eBay... taks the fun out of going treasure hunting.

Jul 06, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

You need to imediately join Harmonica Collectors International.

Yeah, I've got a 48 chord harmonica that once belonged to Ray Tankersley, who played chromatic for Borrah Minnevitch's Harmonica Rascals back in the 1930s and 1940s. He was in a couple of their movies. I play it a lot and I think it is pretty awesome that it was Ray's. I also had the chord autographed by Tony Sgro, Bob Herndon, Al Smithand George Miklas.

I've got two custom harmonicas built for me by Jason Ricci. Those mean the world to me.

Jul 08, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

David,I dream of owning a JR custom someday :)

You actually play the one owned by Ray,huh? I just got one used in a concert by someone I definitely look up to but never thought about playing it.Maybe I will.

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