Custom Harmonicas

Dec 13, 2016

I recently injured my left hand and I can’t shape cover plates. So my work will now be focused on reed plate work – embossing, reed shaping, tuning, repairs.

I now have three types of upgrades:

The “Juke Joint”

A free-breathing, easy bending harmonica set up for traditional blues. This harp will cut the room with a lot less effort than an out of the box harmonica. Extra attention to reeds and slots in holes 2 & 3, 9 & 10 in particular give you bent notes that are natural sounding and easier to get and sustain. The tuning is close to 19 limit just intonation for smooth chords with melody notes that sound in tune for fiddle tunes, etc. $59 per harp.

The “Jump Blues”

This harp is built for precise controlled bending all over plus over-blows in holes 4, 5, & 6. This combination of embossing and reed shaping is the most popular harmonica conversion I make. The tuning is close to 19 limit just intonation for smooth chords with melody notes that sound in tune for fiddle tunes, etc. $99 per harp.

The “Top Gun”

This harmonica is the highest level of reed and slot work I do. It enables over-blows in 4, 5 & 6, over-draws in holes 7, 8, 9, & 10. The 1 over-blow is available by request, but you won’t be able to hit blow 1 as hard as you can with a standard blues set-up. The tuning is close to 19 limit just intonation for smooth chords with melody notes that sound in tune for fiddle tunes, etc. You can also request equal temperament. $159 per harp.

Here is how to order these upgrades:

Step 1. -Please go to the store at hotrodharmonicas.com to order your upgrades

Step 2 – You send me a Hohner Crossover / Deluxe / Thunderbird harmonica, or have it shipped to me with your name referenced in the shipping information.

Please ship harps to this address: PO Box 23, Boalsburg PA 16827.  You can also have Rockin Ron ship harps to me for this deal. Just tell him what you are up to and he will know what to do. 

My estimate for shipping is 6 – 8 weeks from the time I get the harmonica to work on.

I can also do this upgrade for Marine Band 1896, Special 20, Rocket, and Golden Melody harmonicas for $10 extra. I will bill you for the extra charge for these harmonicas after I check them to make sure they are the right vintage for me to work on.

This offer includes free shipping in the USA. For international orders I will contact you to arrange shipping at extra cost to be determined by your situation.

– Thanks!