Tuesday, February 24, 2009


In my apparently futile attempt to downsize, I have been going thru closets and cabinets, boxes and bags. Ugh. What a way to find things that you REALLY did not, do not want to, even have to deal with.

For those who did not know him: my late spouse had been in a country-western band in northen Minnesota. He was the drummer with Whiskey River for about 10 years, spanning from about 1970 to 1980. I met him after his exit from the band, when he was a worker bee, wearing a shirt and tie and no longer sporting the long-ish hair and ZZ Top-style beard. I am not sure that Mister Band Member would have been attractive to me - ever. Since his death, I have come across various things related to his days with the band, including "drum toys" such as various cymbals, etc.

This is to give basis to my latest discovery. Monday evening, I was poking around another closet upstairs. This had been somewhat simple to clear out: to the right (on the shelf above the clothing pole) is a stack of audio components. I hope that they will find favor with someone at the garage sale. But way to the left, tucked back on top of a covered carton (labeled as the aforementioned "drum toys") is a canvas tote sack. I cannot reach that from the floor, so I put that on my to-do list for another day.

I am currently precluded from using the master bath, while the painter does his thing, preparing the walls and ceiling for painting. So I run upstairs to shower each morning, then downstairs to blow-dry my hair (upstairs plug is dead - don't ask). I remembered the bag, so I dragged up the folding two-step stool with me. Put it in front of the closet and l-e-a-n-e-d way over the to left on my tip-toes and ah-ha! got hold of that canvas bag. Brought it close to me and.... WTF? Harmonicas, maybe 8 to 15 of 'em, in their original boxes. It appears that they are all Hohner brand, made in Germany. I am assuming that these are at least pre-1980. I don't know if he had been interested in playing these at one time or not. I have given up asking questions, and now figuring out what to DO with these. I looked on EBAY, and it doesn't appear that there is much demand for vintage harmonicas - if these would even be considered in that class. I'll talk with a couple of his old buddies from the musicians that I know and see what he had these for - if, in fact, he even mentioned these to them.

As Yul Brynner's character says in the King and I, "Is a puzzlement."


The Retired One said...

They may be collectable! Even E-bay can be wrong, right?
thank god it wasn't a cello"! haha

jessica said...

Or worse yet - 20 cellos! The mind boggles...