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Honer 64 Chromonica

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Apr 13, 2009 10:07 AM GMT

I have recently been repairing an old 64 Chromonica I bought off ebay about a year ago.

This harp has great tone and plays like a dream now. When I first got it there were some minor tuning issues and a couple of loose valves, and it also smelt a little musty.

Anyway I cleaned it up and retuned it and repaired the valves. Now I absolutely love it. It has such a nice warm brown tone and is so responsive. The workmanship on this is great, even the box it came in has been dovetailed.

I like to know when this was made. So if anyone can help me on that it would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some pics of the Hohner 64 Chromonica:

Hohner 64 Chromonica

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Apr 13, 2009 11:26 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Here's a little YouTube video of the 64 Chromonica.

My timing goes off in some places a little but hey!

Apr 13, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Kingley, it was made in the 1950s.


Apr 13, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thank you for the info Dave.

Apr 13, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

The pre-WWII version used leather windsaver valves. The last time they made 64's and Larry Adler 16's with wood combs and straight tuned like a 270 was in the mid 60's. I've always loved the way these old chromatics played and the slide action was always better than that cross tuned crap they use now.

Apr 13, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thanks for the info Bob. Yeah the slide action on this is beautiful and it's reed response is spot on.

So much nicer to play than my Hering 64 and the tone is far warmer than the Hering too.

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