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nacoran
2192 posts
Jun 18, 2010
6:03 PM
I love a good list. I bookmark and sort all sorts of stuff. I thought I'd share my list of people who customize harps. I know I've lost a couple bookmarks along the way, and found a couple new ones. I may have done this once before, but I have a lot more names now. Here is my list. I only know what the websites say. The first one is in French (I think). I think everything else is in English. To be included you have to have a website or an email or some other useful contact information (or I can't link to anything) and make or modify harmonicas for other people. I'll make another list for amps and mics and such, and other harmonica related stuff, but for now, here is my list. Please let me know anyone I missed. I think the only person I TRIED to leave off was the guy who gold plated Jason's harps a while back that he had such a bad time with (link to that thread: Thread), and people who's sites may be up but who aren't doing customization anymore. I'm sure other members would love any details on experiences any of you have with any of these people. :) Ooo, wood covers...


List is now on the second page.

Last Edited by nacoran on Dec 19, 2013 9:09 AM
Todd Parrott
117 posts
Jun 18, 2010
6:09 PM
Did you forget Joe Spiers?
nacoran
2193 posts
Jun 18, 2010
6:12 PM
What? He's right there at the bottom of the list. I didn't forget, honest. (Thanks, I don't know how I forgot him!)

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Buddha
2092 posts
Jun 18, 2010
6:16 PM
please change Buddha to Chris Michalek

Buddha is a my cage fighting moniker. Thanks!
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nacoran
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Jun 18, 2010
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Kingley
1270 posts
Jun 19, 2010
12:01 AM
Seems like a pretty comprehensive list to me. Well done Nate, that's a useful resource for people to have.
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Suzukisucker
10 posts
Jun 19, 2010
1:23 AM
Please add Ben Bouman (Beta Harps) the Netherlands
http://www.customharmonicashop.nl/index.php

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Kingley
1273 posts
Jun 19, 2010
4:06 AM
Narcoran - Nate, I just noticed that you have put Anthony Dannecker down twice.
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Paul "Kingley" Routledge
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RonnyB
11 posts
Jun 19, 2010
10:24 AM
For all you in the UK check out West Westons web site for his custom harps ,just got one in key G great, £40 plus postage can't be bad.
Kingley
1275 posts
Jun 19, 2010
10:30 AM
Yeah I have a couple of Steve Westons harps. I like 'em a lot.
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Delta Dirt
175 posts
Jun 19, 2010
10:33 AM
Im going overseas in about a month. Is there any body out there (customizers)that is, can make me about 4 or 5 decent harps within that time period? I know theres waiting periods but this gig was last second.
barbequebob
952 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:00 AM
On the Coast To Coast Music website, http://www/coast3coastmusic.com, they have a listing of them, including chromatic customizers as well.
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Barbeque Bob Maglinte
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nacoran
2202 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:18 AM
I don't know how I missed a couple of those. I had Bouman's page open, and Plunz. I'd lost the bookmark for ergo and Sjoeberg. I still need to find the discrete comb guy. A couple other members do it to. If you do, and you have a site, give me the link. If you don't have a site, I can still put you on the list and people can try to catch you on here. GH, who is the member who is selling the combs? I eventually want to break this down into what each customizer provides (combs, covers, reed work)

Elkriver? Do you still get a chance to make combs or does Brad have you to busy?

edit: I had a mistake in my HTML that was keeping a few names from showing up!

BBQ, do you know where on the site? I can't find it.

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Last Edited by on Jun 19, 2010 11:24 AM
barbequebob
953 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:33 AM
http://coast2coastmusic.com/directories/tech_custom/Harnonica_Technicians_and_Customizers.shtml

That should be the link. If this doesn't gop their site, click on resources, then on the left, click on customizers.
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Barbeque Bob Maglinte
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http://www.barbequebob.com
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jim
175 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:43 AM
Vyacheslav Vinogradov
Moscow

custom combs from valuable wood types.

+79262044031
stanpu@yandex.ru


http://forum.harmonica.ru/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=129238&start=50

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nacoran
2206 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:46 AM
Jim, I saw it on the other thread. I'm all knowing, and all seeing. I just have really lousy HTML skills! :)

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nacoran
2207 posts
Jun 19, 2010
11:50 AM
The page gets a 404 error whichever way I get there. It looks like they are reorganizing their site.

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nacoran
2209 posts
Jun 19, 2010
1:09 PM
Jim, BBQ's link, not yours.

So, there was a big thread about it, would you consider Harrison to be customs for this lists purpose? (I should probably refine my list of manufacturers I did a while back. It included extinct brands. I could update it and find websites for any that have a website.)

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GermanHarpist
1582 posts
Jun 19, 2010
5:09 PM
Nacoran,... hehehe 'harpoline'..? .. it's harponline. :)

Seen marx brothers lately?
GermanHarpist
1583 posts
Jun 19, 2010
5:10 PM
I know, I know... :) typo,.. but still funny.
nacoran
2211 posts
Jun 19, 2010
6:16 PM
You haven't heard of a harpoline? It's a cross between a trampoline and a harmonica. It sounds blow notes on the down bounce and draw notes on the up bounce. ;)

(Sometimes I have problems with lots of HTML on a page. I have something closely related to dyslexia. It gives me some problems when there aren't regular page breaks. I tried to program my super-robot to take over the world, but he veered off course and ended up attacking an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.)

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nacoran
2226 posts
Jun 20, 2010
2:07 PM
Buddha, do you want me to put your email in that list?

Does anyone know any others? Basically anyone who modifies harmonicas for sale or sells parts. Even chromatics.

And congratulations on joining the 2000 post club! (I know you'r already past it, but I just noticed.)

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Last Edited by on Jun 20, 2010 2:30 PM
GermanHarpist
1589 posts
Jun 20, 2010
2:20 PM
Hehehe :)

I know there are some people in Russia. We may want to ask Jim, he'll know.

There's the guy who calls himself 'virtue' on MBH who sells his acrylic combs. But judging form the videos you posted there surely are others.

Well, if I think of it... Jim of course with his truechromatic.com website.

EDIT: Oh, I hadn't seen that he was already on the list...

Last Edited by on Jun 20, 2010 2:23 PM
sorin
180 posts
Jun 20, 2010
2:21 PM
Here's one , from Italy Bluexlab , check out his cool Sp20 custom combs .
nacoran
2228 posts
Jun 20, 2010
2:32 PM
Sorin, nice find. Those are some nice looking harps. I like the round holes.

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clarksdale
50 posts
Jun 20, 2010
2:52 PM
how about the TurboHarp site. he offers a couple of pre setup models and the turbolids of course are very interesting

http://turboharp.com/
Jim "Turbodog" Antaki
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GermanHarpist
1591 posts
Jun 20, 2010
3:34 PM
Nacoran, I think it would make more sense sorting them after their home country (or continent) rather than alphabetically.

Also, maybe also what kind of work they do with direct links to the specific sites (instead of general links).
DeakHarp
60 posts
Jun 20, 2010
9:26 PM
Delta i might be able to help you if the harps are standard .. and marine bands ...it all matters if i can order them in time ....e mail me or call me ... 217-218-2194 .... im heading to the delta on july 1 .. i can work on them all week if we jump on it ...deakharp@hughes.net
DeakHarp
61 posts
Jun 20, 2010
9:31 PM
I have a new line of harps pic's are on my facebook page ... the pic's on my website are my old style.. take a peek at my facebook page ...
nacoran
2239 posts
Jun 21, 2010
3:07 PM
GH, I'm going to get to sorting them by what they do and location. I just wanted a master list first. But that gives me an idea. I already have blue flags on the Google maps for brand manufacturers. I could add a layer and icon for customizers and include a link on their flag.

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The7thDave
134 posts
Jun 21, 2010
3:58 PM
Harvey Berman ("Harveyharp" on this forum) should be on the list.
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nacoran
2241 posts
Jun 21, 2010
7:04 PM
Dave, does he a website?

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The7thDave
135 posts
Jun 22, 2010
6:09 AM
Nac: Harvey is working on a website, but it isn't up yet.

--Dave
toddlgreene
1461 posts
Jun 22, 2010
6:31 AM
Nate-Harvey Berman is indeed working on a site, but his email is cscharp at bellsouth.net . I agree;he needs to be on the list.
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jim
289 posts
Aug 14, 2010
1:01 AM
I think you can write me as "Jim" because chroms is not the only thing I do.
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HarveyHarp
101 posts
Aug 14, 2010
11:32 AM
Thanks for putting me on your list. Email is cscharp@bellsouth.net. Website will be www.HarveyHarp.com, when I get caught up.
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nacoran
2496 posts
Aug 14, 2010
11:38 AM
Jim, I just added that you didn't just do chroms. I can list you as Jim if you want. Harvey, let me know when the site is up and I'll put a hot link in. I listed your email the way I did to discourage automated email bots from easily picking it up and adding spam. (The other emails had already been posted so they are already out in the wild as it were. I can change it if you'd like.)

edit: And if you ever need to find my organizer threads, just look for one of my posts. (They shouldn't be too hard to find! All of the newer ones have a link in the tag, and for more great old thread organization, check out the Forum Archives. There is a link down the left side! :)

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Last Edited by on Aug 14, 2010 11:47 AM
groyster1
324 posts
Aug 14, 2010
11:43 AM
@Harvey Harp
I will definitely vouch for you as you just fixed a marine band of mine that was a total POS ootb and about to send you another marine band you do great work
jim
293 posts
Aug 14, 2010
12:55 PM
nacoran, thanks!
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HarveyHarp
103 posts
Aug 14, 2010
10:05 PM
Thanks nacoran. I am a little out in the wild myself, and who know what will come of it. Thanks groyster for the nice words about that Harp.
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Xpun3414
70 posts
Nov 08, 2010
2:01 PM
Ok,all Im finding is custom combs. I dont want a custom comb. I want just a plane, run of the mill, fully sealed comb for my MB 1896.. Why is this so hard to find. And no..its not a deluxe. Just a standard MB 1896/20

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nacoran
3193 posts
Nov 08, 2010
2:55 PM
Xpun, you can seal your own comb with Butcher's Block Oil, (try one that doesn't have drying agents. They take longer to dry but are non-toxic. Most of the custom combs I've seen are a lot nicer than the regular ones. Rounded tines rock! If you want a standard comb you can always email them and ask. :) Good luck.

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Buddha
2670 posts
Nov 08, 2010
4:08 PM
i have plain old MB combs that are sealed $10
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SuperBee
36 posts
Nov 09, 2010
4:13 AM
Nate, heres one...i have had a couple of MBs from him.


http://www.henryslim.co.uk/harmonica
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Xpun3414
72 posts
Nov 09, 2010
8:53 AM
Woot ! I got a fully sealed comb comming. Thanks to Buddha. :) (God I love this forum)
nacoran
3195 posts
Nov 09, 2010
12:48 PM
Thanks SuperBee! :)

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nacoran
3976 posts
Apr 08, 2011
10:57 AM
Hey guys, am I missing anyone? If you know a customizer who didn't make the list, let me know and I'll add them.

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HarveyHarp
219 posts
Apr 08, 2011
12:53 PM
Nate, if you could add my new website I wouild appreciate it. www.harveyharp.com

Thanks
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nacoran
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Apr 08, 2011
1:03 PM
Done. :)

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Gnarly
65 posts
Jul 20, 2011
10:53 AM
I am up for outside work--
My specialty is retuning, diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. I do reed replacement on harps with riveted brass reeds (so no Suzuki welded reed or Seydel steel reed replacement).
I do the usual cleaning and setup that most of y'all probably do for yourselves--but maybe you don't service your own chromatics, I do that work.
You can investigate my harmonica tuning experiments on my YouTube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/GaryLehmann?feature=mhee
Send me a pmail at gnarlyheman@gmail.com if you are interested.
Gary


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