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Michael PDec 02, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
To all of our fellow harmonica fanatical friends,
I have been the beneficiary of musical bliss for the last ten years as a direct result of knowing Brad Harrison. I am a professional harmonica player and I have relied on Brad’s craftsmanship and research to provide instruments that I consider to be the Ferrari of harmonicas. Brad understands what makes this small, seemingly simple instrument tick unlike anyone else out there doing this kind of work.
I am now a partner with Brad in Harrison Harmonicas, Inc. (we just incorporated!). He has designed the innovative B-radical and is ready to take the harmonica world by storm by combining his passion for his instrument and craft with hi-tech production methods.
When Brad offered me a chance to be a partner in this exciting new venture, I jumped at the chance based on the strength of Brad’s skills as a craftsman, my craftsman that has helped to move my music!
I know that many of you reading this have invested and supported Harrison Harmonicas though your pre-order commitments to our collective dream: a high quality, harmonica INSTRUMENT Made in the USA. I knew from the outset that this would be a tall order, but I would have never guessed how tall! All along during this pre-sale, we have promised Fall 2009 (yes 2009) delivery of this fine instrument. I hate to bring up the fine print, but we do have almost 3 more weeks of Fall. It is getting cold here in Illinois, my home state. This brings me to another issue.
Please understand my commitment to this company. After 26 years in the Utopian island that I feel that is Northern California, I am fully moving back to the frigid tundra of Northern Illinois. I have so many musical and personal relationships that I am leaving behind . I am changing my life in most ways for the instrument that has given my life so much joy over the last 33 years. I do not take this decision lightly and I ask that none of you do either. Brad Harrison and this company will be successful and make most of our customers happy and we will not be perfect, but always striving for that brass ring of perfection.
Please have patience, we are working 14 hour days to give birth to this bouncing baby of a company. I understand some of the frustration as I do own about 3-4 dozen customized diatonic harmonicas, I believe that I paid 50% to fll in advace for most of them.
I must go now, I need to get up and talk with 4 more Made in USA vendors, revamp a website, setup a production facility, and bring Brad some more coffee. Thank you all for your support, kind words of encouragement, patience and understanding. This thing will work out, for all of us- we're makin' harps right here in the US of A!
Brady, did I go over the character count? I will have to find a another way to get a B-radical.
Music Is The Answer,
1997 Harmonica World Champion
Currently homeless in the USA
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There may be too many characters Mike but they are very tiny.....I'm sure it will be okay.
Starting a new company and getting everything to happen is a huge undertaking. I admire what you are doing, and wish you the best. Regarding the move, we're considering eventually moving from Hawaii, and it is hard for anyone to believe that there may be a time to leave paradise!
Descriptions and samples are very tasty. It's very interesting to play B-radical by myself. And as to each who customise harmonicas it's very interesting to look inside ((:
Arehole spaces the same as hohner? Or biggeras seydel?
Man, you picked the wrong time to move back to the Midwest. If you run into PA Slim, tell him I said hello.
I'm really looking forward to getting mine... I was hoping to ask for a couple more for Christmas, but might be too late for that.