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Robb LMay 12, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
I finished with this harp a week or so ago,. Just got the pics posted on Elkriverharmonics tonight. It was a gift that came to me via Elk River forum. Here is the link.
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Woah! that's a piece of history right there, amazing work you did there, so please, tell us, what has change in the marine band world in the last (almost) 90 years?
where can you get these harps? how much are they worth?
Thanks for the info Joe! I'm still learning. Glad you grabed one for $5.50.
Rafa, first thing that struck me was the weight. A little heavyer than any I've ever held. The cover plates are somewhat thicker. I think the reed plates are too. Another case of "They don't build 'em like they used to". 70 or 80 either way I'm thrilled to have this harp! :)
Nice price for it Joe, you could upload some pics of it as well.
Hey Robb, that sounds great, also, it's amazing that the overall tuning was kept over all these years, as you said, they don't make them as they used to.
Any pre-WWII Marine Band, in good condition, still plays better than anything Hohner's making out of the box these days, and a big part of it is the reed material that was being used back then, bell metal bras, which unfortunately, no one has made since WWII. Custom ones play pretty damned good. I have several, mainly of that vintage, but one of them was made around the early 1900's that was in almost brand new condition when I bought it. All of them play like a dream as it is.
Awesome Awesome Job! I would of screwed that sucker down after I had it all apart but you did it just right! Great work!
Yeah you did a great job on that mouse ear Marine Band.