Re: what kind of harmonica do I have?

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Posted by Shaggy on March 12, 2002 at 15:04:12:

In Reply to: what kind of harmonica do I have? posted by trevor on March 11, 2002 at 23:53:28:

: It was my grandfather's harmonica and it's about 3 inches long, on the top side (the one with the numbered holes), it says "MARINE BAND" and right below in kind of engraved handwriting has "M. Honer", to the left of these words it has a small engraved portrait of a man's head with sideburns.? Stamped to the left of the portrait of the man's face, where the harmonica thins out, it is stamped A440. On the opposite end of the harmonica is a C. When I flip it over, across the bottom it says "Made in Germany" then "M.Honer" then "Fabrique en allemagne" (i'm guessing "made in germany";-) And there is four dates on it, 1873, 1871, 1881 and 1876. there is also what appears to be pictures that resemble coins, one with two hands holding it, one on either side. and it says "trade mark, then "gesetzl. gesch.", inside the coin. Above where it says 1871, inside the coin it says "ULM", and above 1881 it says "STUTT-GART". If anybody can draw up some info that would be great, if not could someone please tell me if this thing is in the key of C so that I can learn to play it off the website...

Sounds like it's a Hohner Marine Band in the key of C, except that it's only 3 inches long whereas a Marine Band is 4 inches, and that number A440 sounds a little strange.

I wouldn't use it to learn on, though; not unless you want to share your grandfather's spit. (Yuck!) Even if it's been dry for a long time, it will still have the remnants of his saliva on it, and I wouldn't want to put that in my mouth. Highly unsanitory!

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