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Dec 14, 2019 - 12:16:50 AM
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163 posts since 3/7/2019

The harmonica wizard would have been 120 today. Deford also picked the banjo quit exceptional. One of the pioneers of the Grand ole Opry.


Dec 14, 2019 - 5:26:18 AM
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1395 posts since 8/8/2012

I discovered him a few months back when when I started learning harmonica. I didn't know he played banjo also. I sure wish I could make those train whistles.

Dec 17, 2019 - 9:02:07 PM

163 posts since 3/7/2019

I had read that he played banjo and fiddle as well as harmonica. This is the first time I've found recordings though. He played left handed on a right handed 5 string, all the strings were upside down and the tuner was on the bottom, I bet that was tricky. I've been trying to get the train whistles, I've gotten pretty decent.

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:03:15 AM

3031 posts since 7/8/2010

Tyler. Thanks for posting. I, too am thinking about taking up the harmonica again. I used to play folk music with my guitar and a neck holder; Dylan, Donovan, P, P and Mary. I am leaning toward hohner marine band key of C. Any thoughts on the matter. Also how about a train whistle from you.

Jan 8, 2020 - 1:49:25 AM

163 posts since 3/7/2019

Sorry to get back to you so late. Marine bands are great I have one new one and several pre-war Marine bands. My favorites are probably my Hohner Ozzy Osbourne harmonica C, Fender Midnight Special D( they're made by Seydel in Germany), Fender blues deville C( Chinese but we'll made). Silver Creek silver star in A and Hohner Blue Midnight A /great for train blues and probably best bang for your buck. Seydel Blues soloist in C(Seydels are the toughest and use very high quality materials and craftsmanship, Mangi Suzuki M-20 C(high quality, very week cover plates though). Seydel and Manji have stainless steel reeds and are very tuff may require gapping the reeds. Or a good while of playing to break it in. I also have a Lee Oscar C#m( he makes alotta unique tuned harps. Silver Creek ironworks 7 pack is ok. Fender blues deluxe 7 pack is decent for the price. They are both almost worth it for the cases, they are expensive. I have a vintage super chromonica. Koch chromatic harmonica. 2 antique
Marine Band 364 (14 hole Diatonic). And alot more, I kinda got a thing for them lol. I'll post one of my train songs.

Edited by - Tyler Basho on 01/08/2020 01:53:53

Jan 8, 2020 - 2:11:36 AM

163 posts since 3/7/2019

Jan 8, 2020 - 6:21:54 AM

3031 posts since 7/8/2010

Very nice, Tyler. I especially liked the sound of the wheels slipping on the icy train tracks. Appreciate the description of the various harmonicas.

Jan 8, 2020 - 12:05:33 PM

163 posts since 3/7/2019

Thank you. I was surprised when I started Playing harmonica at how physically demanding it can be. No problem. I usually get mine from musicians friend btw. They always had the lowest price.

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