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1920's Marine Band

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Robb L
May 12, 2009 8:52 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.,121.msg719.html#new

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May 12, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
Rafa Replied:

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?

May 13, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
Rafa Replied:

where can you get these harps? how much are they worth?

May 13, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
Robb L Replied:

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! :)

May 13, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
Rafa Replied:

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.

May 13, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

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.

Jul 06, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Awesome Awesome Job! I would of screwed that sucker down after I had it all apart but you did it just right! Great work!

Jul 06, 2009 6:25 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Yeah you did a great job on that mouse ear Marine Band.

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