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    Harmonica reeds

    Does anybody but me wonder why so many harmonica reeds are lying around? I think everyone with a metal detector finds at least one. Well, I would guess at least 80% +. A coin or ring I can see losing because they are so small, but a harmonica? Any theories?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler View Post
    Does anybody but me wonder why so many harmonica reeds are lying around? I think everyone with a metal detector finds at least one. Well, I would guess at least 80% +. A coin or ring I can see losing because they are so small, but a harmonica? Any theories?
    i wonder that too i find at least one every time i go.
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    You have to remember they were a major major part of entertainment, small pocket sized musical instrument and yes lost often. I was blessed enough to find one partially intact which I’ve rarely seen.Click image for larger version. 

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    Yeah, I find them all over. Parks, street tear outs, farm fields, etc. Even found one near a popular beach, then realized there was an old shipwreck only about 300 feet out that could easily explain it.
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    Interesting. Well, I think I got my first harmonica reed this week. Only a state away here in NM.
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    Yes I find harmonica reeds, squeeze box reeds and jew's harps. I guess you put them together then you would have a small band.
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    I've been detecting since Jan. 2001. My oldest find is a lockplate to a flintlock rifle. My oldest coin is a 1837 Capped bust dime. My best find is a T. Miller Cavalry Button. I use a Minelab X-TERRA 705 and the BH Tracker IV at this time.

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    Basic entertainment, slim, easy to carry in a pocket, cheap models available so most everyone could have one...can you think of anything similar?

    Okay, fast forward to present-day. Check the newspaper or Craigs List lost/found and tally up how many cell phones are lost daily in just your area. It’s all relative.
    Last edited by BullBat; Oct 17, 2018 at 05:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth1253 View Post
    You have to remember they were a major major part of entertainment, small pocket sized musical instrument and yes lost often. I was blessed enough to find one partially intact which I’ve rarely seen.Click image for larger version. 

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    Very nice find. It is very rare that a partial harmonica is ever found, and you found one.
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    There were a lot of Harmonica Playin' Fools a way back. I believe it was Tar Heel Digging that had a video on a place they dubbed Harmonica Hill. They found quite a few harmonica reeds on this particular hill which was a part of a Civil War encampment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devldog View Post
    Very nice find. It is very rare that a partial harmonica is ever found, and you found one.
    Thank you devidog I got lucky
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    I find a lot of em but haven't seen anyone playing one in forever lol
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    Back in the olden days, they shot a lot of harmonica players if there were no piano players around. You never find piano keys, do you? See, I rest my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holyground View Post
    Back in the olden days, they shot a lot of harmonica players if there were no piano players around. You never find piano keys, do you? See, I rest my case.
    They went after the organ Players.


    & yes , Back a Hundred Years ago, The Local Radio Station was
    Still Non Existent.

    & It would have been Pretty hard to Carry a gramophone everywhere.

    So allot of People Entertained themselves.

    of course there was also most likely allot of Jam Sessions
    Before Sack Time in Camp sites.

    I've dug a Couple Whole ones in Lake Mud,
    But the moisture caused the Pieces to fall apart as I removed them
    And rinsed them off.
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Oct 19, 2018 at 04:17 AM.
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    As with anything with reeds, the reeds wear out rendering them useless. Organs, squeezeboxes, etc had replaceable reeds, so you find the ones that were discarded. Harmonicas on the other hand, had reed plates, and when their reeds wore out, most of the time the whole harmonica was discarded. Given their popularity and affordability after the Civil War on through WWI, it is no wonder so many were discarded for us to find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    As with anything with reeds, the reeds wear out rendering them useless. Organs, squeezeboxes, etc had replaceable reeds, so you find the ones that were discarded. Harmonicas on the other hand, had reed plates, and when their reeds wore out, most of the time the whole harmonica was discarded. Given their popularity and affordability after the Civil War on through WWI, it is no wonder so many were discarded for us to find!
    So are we finding the reeds where the rest of the harmonica rusted away? For some reason I thought people replaced the reeds? I got to the stage a while back where I discard them when I dig them.

    Chub
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