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Thread #165005 Message #3955007
Posted By: GUEST,Grahame Hood
05-Oct-18 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: Harmonica keys available in early days
Subject: Harmonica keys available in early days
Just a thought. I am involved with musicians playing US string band music and I play dulcimer. I've seen photos dating from the 1930s of informal bands with line-ups such as dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and harmonica. As these bands probably never recorded we can only speculate what they might have sounded like. Were basic diatonic harmonicas available in different keys in those days or only in one, C being the obvious one. Think of Clarkes Tin Whistles, which at one point were the only ones you could buy, being in C only. Until the Generation ones came along (late 1960s?) available in Bb, C, D and G was it? Does anyone know when harmonicas became available in a wider range (thinking of Hohner Marine Bands) or was it always so?