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How to tell the age of a harp??

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Feb 15, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
I saw the Ebay harps that Jason is offering--really cool looking work! That got me wondering--I buy "vintage" harps every chance I get from ebay--then clean the hell out of them--tune them up and sometimes, if I'm lucky, I get some of my best harps for 2 bucks and some fun work in my little shop.

What I don't know is, how do I tell if a harp is "pre-war" or "post-war" or whatever?

This is interesting--acoustic guitar players also prize the "pre-War" guitars--I guess we were better at making stuff back then. . .

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Feb 15, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

pre-war has the star of david on the back coverplate. All Jason's are listed as vintage because the reedplates are vingtage, but one of them also has vintage coverplates, prewar.

Feb 15, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

well, at least pre-war hohners...

Feb 15, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

If it's just the front you see in the pic, the portrait of Hohner on the front of the marine Band goes all the way down to the No. 2 on the front cover. That's prewar. You'll see a few of those with no star, but a front cover like that.
Also, if you see a different Hohner trademark than the normal one, say there is a bugle where the circle and star should be, that's prewar.
That's Hohner.
Koch- anything with a deer on the back of it is probably prewar... Hohner bought them out in the 1920s and continued to use the name, so a true Andi. Koch is prewar by definition.

Mar 09, 2009 12:30 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Check this out! You'll be on the rest of this site for days! Don't blame me...


Mar 09, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

Thanks, Cat--I have been aware of Pat Missin's site for some time--and I don't think I will ever know enough to not need to refer to it sometimes--I might wish for a better search method on the site though--the information is there in spades on just about any harp subject--but it can be hard to find. . .

Mar 19, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Just uploaded a photo album of my newly acquired pre-war MB in pieces before I start the clean up and minor adjust phase. From Pat's site below (thanks J :) it's an early 30's but in waaaayyy better shape than the photos he has. Looks barely played.

(If anyone has tips for reducing glare off cover plates, please share. I really liked Jason's photos.)

Mar 19, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

BlueMoose, you can reduce glare by taking your photo outside, overcast days are best.

Mar 19, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Good tip Elk, I'll try it out when I can but in Vancouver if it's overcast it's usually pissing rain as well!


Mar 20, 2009 10:15 AM GMT
HarpDog Replied:

I must be the only one who cuts the harp in half and counts the rings :x

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