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Published on Sep 25, 2008
All Harmonicas here except the Original Marine Band Deluxe (Customized by Joe Spiers!) were done by me.I learned from Brad Harrison and some from Joe Spiers and Richard Sleigh also I have swapped secrets with David Payne. Work Done Includes
1.) Combs sanded and rounded for comfort, some stained, painted and/or decorated.
2.) Coverplates: Raised shaped welded shut in some cases or opened up/vented on others, drilled and bolted also sanded/shaped to match combs.
3.) Reed Plates: Nails removed and nail holes drilled out and countersunk, holes tapped, screws added in some cases as support beams, Reed Slots embossed and/or tolerances tightend.
3.) Reeds gapped, arced, tuned slightly in some cases replaced, and other fine secrets.
*MUSIC: "SONJA" - BY JASON RICCI AND NEW BLOOD
WRITTEN BY SHAWN STARSKI
FROM THE ALBUM "ROCKET NUMBER NINE" ON ECLECTO GROOVE RECORDS. AVAILABLE AT FINE MUSIC STORES EVERYWHERE AND ONLINE AT ALL RETAIL MUSIC OUTLETS. SEE ALSO http://www.jasonricci.com
Harmonicas are in no order
1.) Marine Band in D (Painted Black Comb, Special 20 coverplates, rounded corners, nuts and bolts on reed plates.
2.) Hohner American Boy Scout 1920's ?, Corners already rounded, sealed comb all the work on this on was on the reeds and coverplates which sat ridiculously low! Screws added instead of nails.
3.) Hohner Blues Harp ( Fire Breath rose wood comb used comb contoured to match coverplates, corners rounded reed work etc...all screwed down instead of nails.
4.) Hohner International: Art work added to original red comb, corners rounded, bolts and seydel female coverplate bolts added as supports, reed work etc...great harp.
5.) Pre War Marine band. ( Comb varnished and sealed RED. Coverplates raised and welded (LIKE ALL THESE) Screws etc...
6.) Hohner Marine band in C. Art work, slightly rounded corners, comb varnished red and black, reed work etc...screws replace nails..
ALSO FOR THE REAL DEAL VISIT THESE ESTABLISHED CUSTOMIZERS SITES. (As nice as these harps may look, play and sound these guys build better than anyone! Everyone else so far (including me) is a poser! The Magic is in THE REEDS and The REED work! I have seen and heard what goes into it it is beyond you and me and our friends. Only years of virtual full time study, practice and knowledge can get it. Beware of fly by night customizers!