Este blogue é dedicado essencialmente, embora não em exclusivo, à harmónica e seus seguidores, sendo feito a pensar naqueles que como nós, amam e vivem este instrumento. Nele publicaremos o que nos apetecer, absolutamente ao acaso ou não, sempre que tal seja possível. Este será um ponto de encontro para todos os "harmonica lovers". Sejam bem vindos, e se quiserem colaborar... este blogue é vosso.
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Collector's Corner: Harmonicas
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Collector's Corner: Harmonicas
By Michele Alice
July 20, 2008
French harp. Moothie. Tin sandwich. Any of these terms
strike a chord? How about gob iron, mouth organ, or Mississippi saxophone?
If you guessed that they all refer to the harmonica, then you probably
already own at least one.
Considered the most successful musical instruments of
all time, the harmonica has had a relatively short existence. Antecedents
date back to ancient China, but the modern harmonica is generally accepted
to have emerged sometime in the early 1820's. Christian Buschmann, a
German, is often credited with its invention, but the historical record is
somewhat spotty. (For a detailed history of the harmonica, check out Pat
Missin's website in the resource section below.)
Small, portable, and usually inexpensive, the harmonica
became a world-wide phenomenon. Billions have been sold around the globe.
Hohner, founded in Germany in 1847, and the world's foremost manufacturer
of harmonicas, alone produces 1 million each year!
Of course, with that many harmonicas in existence, it is
inevitable that some people would want to begin collecting them. And the
same factors - cost and size - that made harmonicas popular, have abetted
the creation of many thousands of collections.
Many "vintage" (pre-1980) harmonicas are still
so common that they are worth just a few dollars each, even with original
packaging. Collectors are quite willing, however, to pay a premium for
models that had limited production runs, feature special logos, or have
unusual colors, shapes, or designs. For example, The Beatles edition by
Hohner often sells for up to $250, while one collector on the Internet is at
present offering up to $400 for a German, WWI-era, Koch Company harmonica
shaped like a ship.
And don't forget ancillary items like company catalogs
and magazine ads. Wooden store-display cases are especially popular,
attracting bids up to several hundred dollars, depending upon size, age,
graphics and condition.
Interested in learning more about this popular
collectible? Or would you prefer just to play the ruines babines (that's
French for "ruins the lips")? Check out the resources listed
Wonderful site offers a wealth of information from a detailed history of
the instrument to reviews of new harmonicas, FAQ's, links, more! Lots of
The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. "An
international non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Michigan
in 1963, with a database of over 3000 harmonica aficionados from around the
About the author:
Michele Alice is EcommerceBytes Update Contributing
Editor. Michele is a freelance writer in the Berkshire mountains of
Massachusetts. She collects books, science fiction memorabilia and more!
Email her at makalice @ adelphia.net eBay ID: Malice9