From: (Rod Thomas/Sandra Teare)
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 11:36:59 -0500
Subject: MBs with bolts

Hey Harpers,
With the Marine Band's 100th anniversary approaching and all, I had an
idea for a (GASP) minor alteration to this beloved instrument. I wonder
how many of you out there would agree with this suggestion and I wonder if
Hohner would consider it.
How's about replacing those little nails (at long last) with nuts and
bolts? I can't see how this would effect the sound one bit. If some folks
just love the old look and feel, how's about a "modern" MB alternative with
the nuts and bolts being the ONLY change? I'd gladly pay a couple extra
bucks for an MB I could more easily open up and put back together for the
purpose of tuning and tweeking.
I can see how it may be a point of pride for Hohner to be able to say
this great harp is so wonderfull we haven't had to alter it in any way in
100 years. It seems to me however that the great success of harmonicas in
general has led to a point where more and more players are learning to tune
up their instruments and experiment with new tunings.
I've heard so many folks talk about how after trying all the rest,
they return to the MB for the tone etc. I'm almost ready to invest in a
couple again (I figure you need to pick up a high, middle, and low harp, If
you're gonna give a harp brand a fair chance) But I'm put off by the damn
nails. By being able to tune up my harps, I've probably quadrupled their
usefull lives.
If Hohner thinks making it easier for their customers to extend the
lives of their harps is a bad idea for Hohner (better we should buy new
harps every time a reed goes out of tune), I think they should rethink that
position. (Please notice, I said "IF"). Those of us who play so much and
wear out harps so fast are most likely their best customers.
I know folks from Hohner sometimes check out this list. So I'm extra
curious about your opinons on this. All in favor say "AYE".

- -Rod-

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