Re: what kind of harmonica do I have?

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Posted by Harpghost on March 12, 2002 at 15:40:37:

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...
: thanks,
: Trevor
: British Columbia, Canada

What Shaggy says is true, it's a Hohner Marine band. It's also true that sharing harmonicas is not usually recommended(or ever). The A440 is also on Marine Bands and I think it makes reference to the frequency of the harmonica(or something...). It should say in which key it's in on the right of it: follow where it says 'MARINE BAND', continue looking in the same direction and u should find it. In any case, those sort of harmonicas aren't that great to learn on, even though they sound fantastic.

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