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Double sided tremolos and rust cleaning

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Iggy K
Jan 30, 2010 3:38 PM GMT

I have two old double sided tremolos Goldperle (C,G) and Bandmaster (C,G). I didn't find nothing about them on internet.

Goldperle has a wooden comb and have no other marks.

Bandmaster has a plastic comb and on coverplates stays: Made in German Democratic Republic

Did enyone know about age or manufacturer of these harmonicas ?

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Jan 30, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

I also want to know how to clean rust from coverplates ?

Jan 30, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Are you really need them to play? It seems that it easier to buy some cheap tremolo (if you like that, I almost hate that tone) not to worry about these old harps. Just put them to the shelf and look of them ((:

If they play good and you're sure you need them to play try to remove rust with someorthophosphoricacid.

Jan 30, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

I don't play them, i'm just curious becouse each of them had their characteristic story to tell.

Jan 30, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

That was Seydel when it was taken over by the Communist East German government at the time and they ruined that company for years once they removed the Seydel family from the company. Time wise, East Germany was under communist control from after WWII until around the early 90's.

Jan 30, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

iggy K, I know were your coming from. I have a 1950 dodge Van that has a lot of personal history for me. When I go to a small town, im always interested in its history. Of the when, how and why. My van is total rusted out. Rust is like cancer, it just spreads. The only way I know is first to stop the rust. Even if you don't see it its still spreading. I have no idea on an instrument that you would play or have for show. You can try to sand of the rust and more surface around the rust. But then would you want to restore the color or just stop the rust. I have use Royal Jelly from a hard ware store if I dont want to sand a part. the problem with that is that it turns the rust color dark.

abner (BluEyes, I no im no help at all.)

Jan 30, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


I forget to say, you can use simple coca-cola against rust. It includes noticeable amount of orthophosphoric acid. I've read it helps against rust a lot.

Jan 31, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

Thanx for answers, i will firs try a Boris trick with Coca cola.

About age of harmonicas, my country was also under german ocupation during WWII so i was thinking... maybe these harmonicas came from german soldiers becouse i don't know if then was a stores to buy harmonica, on the oder side, if harmonicas was produced after WWII maybe someone buy them in east Germany and bring to Croatia (then ex Yugoslavia)...

Feb 01, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Boris is right. I had very bad corrosion on my car battery post and my mechanic told me to use Coca Cola. I had a bottle that was flat and just laying around for weeks.. I know. Why did I not just throw the thing out. I could not believe how fast the corrosion came off. Iggy K thanks for the pics when you do or if you do find out the history behind the interesting harps please post it or add it back. Im very interested.

abner (BluEyes, history is amazing )

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