Must have been in the Marine Band.

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Must have been in the Marine Band.

Postby bosco » Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:55 pm

Check out this Ebay listing- :roll:

The guy was a vet so he must have played harp in the "Marine Band."

Right?

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-Hohner-Harm ... dZViewItem

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Postby nizer » Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:04 pm

That is too funny. I'd like to see him take that on to the Antiques Roadshow.
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Postby dblues » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:36 pm

Hahahahahahahahahahaahahahaha :roll: . Someone should clue this seller into the real world. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:44 pm

You think we live in the REAL world?
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Postby dblues » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:51 pm

Got a point there Allan :P
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Postby jeffl » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:35 pm

If the U.S. government had government issue harmonicas,they'd prob'ly pay eighty dollars each for Marine Bands. I'd wanna have that contract. I guarantee the government has no blues bands,anyway. The Air Force has a touring rock band,that plays festivals,but they're not allowed to play tunes like "Highway to Hell" or any rebellious or anarchistic stuff. No way that blues would clear their censors' hurdles.
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Postby dcblues » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:54 pm

It does actually look like a pre-war Marine Band (the cover plates on those are different). The pre-war ones are collectible.

Once on Ebay I saw someone trying to sell a new Marine Band that he thought was an antique - he thought it was made in 1896.
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Postby jeffl » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:56 pm

I thought they were all made in 1896..that's why the combs have that patina.
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Postby bosco » Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:12 pm

Well, the auction is over and nobody bought the "WWII Marine Band" harmonica. Big surprise there...

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Postby ricochet » Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:06 pm

I've got a friend who retired from the Air Force Band. Blew trombone. He's one of these guys who thinks there's only one God-given right way to play The Star Spangled Banner and gets pissed whenever anyone puts a different interpretation on it. Other than that, he's a cool guy.
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Postby Little Mickey » Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:31 pm

When did the plastic cases get introduced? I have an (out of tune) Marine Band with a cardboard case that looks awfully old. Now I'm not suggesting that I have an antique in my drawer, but I'd be interested to know how old it could be.
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Postby jeffl » Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:05 pm

I've got a ton of old cardboard cases in my "blown up" bags that I've kept since I started playin' in the 60's. I've got 3 or 4 big bags fulla old harps and cases. I can't get myself to fix 'em or throw 'em away. The carboard must've at least been around well into the 70's,mebbe later.
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Postby bosco » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:31 pm

I'm going to wager a guess and say the mid 80's. I first saw, and bought, a plastic combed harp (Hohner Hot Metal) around 1985. I'm surmising that when plastic combed harps were introduced the boxes switched over to plastic in short order. Makes sense.

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