Largest Harmonica collection in the US

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Largest Harmonica collection in the US

Postby harmonicatunes » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:20 am

In the 1990's Alan G Bates set about creating the largest harmonica collection in the US. His collection of rare antique instruments is second only to the Hohner one in Trossingham. In 2000 he donated it to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. This collection will interest many of us, I've posted an article about it.

"Throughout history collectors have gathered major art works, sculptures and other treasures for future generations. Good collectors are like detectives, following elusive trails to new acquisitions. Almost any object has collectors seeking it out. Fortunately Alan G Bates chose vintage harmonicas, and over a 10 year period created a 2500 instrument collection, second only to the Hohner collection in Trossingham...."

The remainder of the article (along with pictures) is at

http://www.harmonicatunes.com/Alan-G-Ba ... Collection
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