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kudzurunner
6608 posts
Dec 16, 2019
3:52 PM
It's time to pony up, boys and girls.

Please sign in to this thread and state/estimate how long you've been a forum member.

I am the OG. I was here at the dawn of time, in March 2008, when this forum was born. But I'm not the only one who has put in hard time. (Ahem and tsk tsk, as the Iceman would say.)

Just out of curiosity, I tracked down the very first extant thread on this forum. It is entitled "how do I perserve [sic] my harmonica." It's by DC and it's dated February 22, 2008.

first surviving thread on the MBH forum

And by God, oldwailer is there.

Oldwailer, aren't you still here after all these years?

But if you squint hard at the thread, you'll realize that it's NOT the inaugural thread, because it was DC's fourth post.

So we're at the moment when the past of this forum is slowly being erased.

Before that happens, please sign in.



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Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Last Edited by kudzurunner on Dec 16, 2019 3:58 PM
kudzurunner
6609 posts
Dec 16, 2019
3:55 PM
Here's the oldest forum homepage I can find. Page 1192. If there's an older page, please post it.

oldest living homepage at MBH forum


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Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition
dougharps
2047 posts
Dec 16, 2019
4:27 PM
I am pretty sure I joined during the fall of 2010. The earliest post I found was my 26th post in January 2011.
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Sarge
757 posts
Dec 16, 2019
4:32 PM
I think I joined around 2009/2010. Edit; nope, it was 08-09
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Wisdom does not always come with old age. Sometimes old age arrives alone.

Last Edited by Sarge on Dec 20, 2019 1:35 PM
DanP
437 posts
Dec 16, 2019
4:40 PM
I've been a forum member since the fall of 2008. Either October or November, not sure which. I have posted 437 times for an average of about 40 times a year. I wonder whatever happened to jonsparrow or AussieSucker?

Last Edited by DanP on Dec 16, 2019 4:41 PM
agarner
68 posts
Dec 16, 2019
4:49 PM
I think this marks around 3 years for me. This website has laid the foundation for my playing along with the YT channel. Without the website information and open forum, I doubt my playing and knowledge/ appreciation of the harp and blues would be ad extensive


Thanks Adam and all who contribute.

Last Edited by agarner on Dec 16, 2019 4:50 PM
harpnwillys
41 posts
Dec 16, 2019
5:27 PM
Hello
I have been a member since May 2008. Adam you contacted me and told me you were starting up this fourm. I hardly ever post. It's a great place, thank you Adam.
Thanks again Tom

Last Edited by harpnwillys on Dec 16, 2019 6:41 PM
Jim Rumbaugh
1339 posts
Dec 16, 2019
5:54 PM
Not sure when I started. I'm still trying to find a confirmation.
BUT
We did have Adam stop by Huntington, WV and do a workshop at RT 60 Music on July 29 2008.

here's a poor quality recording of the event from TheHarmonicaClub.com




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theharmonicaclub.com (of Huntington, WV)

Last Edited by Jim Rumbaugh on Dec 16, 2019 6:01 PM
SuperBee
6383 posts
Dec 16, 2019
6:49 PM
Don’t know. Started reading the forum around 2009 but not sure I posted then. Probably 2010. I know I’d signed up with Dave Barrett by mid 2010 and it was here I heard about his site.

EDIT. Found my post 32, in November 2010. So I guess I began posting probably during the (southern hemisphere) winter of 2010.

I remember watching all the hoohaa with NOD and TNFrank which was over by November, with both of them banned or declaring their disgust and vowing to never return. That’s probably what drew me in.

This was a pretty busy place back then, pre Facebook. Also a much more volatile place

Last Edited by SuperBee on Dec 28, 2019 3:24 PM
jbone
3085 posts
Dec 16, 2019
6:55 PM
It had to have been in '09, maybe '08. This is the forum I have been a member of for the longest. The reason for that is the great moderation you, Adam, and Nate have provided. Not to mention the absolutely vital content that many members have provided.

Adam, I don't know if you recall doing a half day seminar in North Little Rock, that must have been 8 or 10 years ago. I had been on MBH for some time by then.

About good moderation, there have been a couple of times I have stepped over the line here, and been called to task for it. Rightly so, and it has helped me become a bit more reasonable and rational. My thanks to you.

It feels like I've just always been here. True there have been many topics I have not responded to but the stuff that has tripped my trigger has been copious and relevant.

Having met the founder a time or two and also meeting a few other members has been a total cool deal as well. I expect you would be hard put to run me off at this point. I also expect to be hanging out here as long as the doors are open and I am capable of walking in.
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nacoran
10202 posts
Dec 16, 2019
7:37 PM
As my signature has said for a while, my first post was May 8, 2009.

(As for playing harmonica... I'd learned Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on a tremolo in high school or so- my grandmother brought it back from a trip to China, and tried unsuccessfully to learn diatonic for a song for a band I was a backup singer/songwriter for in the late 90s early aughts, but only really given it a long try just before joining the forum. I've told the story of how I found Adam's MySpace page and my shock at getting an email for Magic Dick Whammer Jammer without having any idea what that was about!

It looks like the first snapshot of the site on the Wayback Machine is from May 7, 2007... it's giving me a hard time about showing that snapshot though.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070401000000*/https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/

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Nate
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First Post- May 8, 2009

Last Edited by nacoran on Dec 16, 2019 7:41 PM
BronzeWailer
2116 posts
Dec 16, 2019
7:40 PM
Early 2010. Earlier that year a friend sent me a Jason Ricci YouTube which opened my mind to the possibilities for learning and that led me to Adam's videos and here. I must thank Adam, Jason and countless others who have given so freely of their time and knowledge. Literally changed my life.
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nacoran
10203 posts
Dec 16, 2019
7:45 PM
Best way to find your first post, by the way, is to either use the forum search or google search with the domain search feature and include, in parenthesis, "Username 1 post". (Not sure if 1 post is plural, but it should recognize post anyway.)

So, "Kudzurunner 1 Post" should catch the little bit on the left of that thread (or whatever whoevers username is that they put in) and pull up the thread.

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First Post- May 8, 2009
nacoran
10204 posts
Dec 16, 2019
7:46 PM
Lol... got it to pull up...

https://web.archive.org/web/20070507102647/https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/page/page/4463566.htm

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nacoran
10205 posts
Dec 16, 2019
7:59 PM
Looks like the Feb 21, 2008 snapshot is the first one that lists the forum in the sidebar.

https://web.archive.org/web/20080218101123/http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/page/page/5560960.htm

That only has 1 page of posts. The oldest post on that page wasn't started by someone with just 1 post though. It's possible a couple early threads got deleted.

On that first page of threads, when opened up I recognize...

mojojojo
Phil
superchucker77
Oldwailer
harpinonfire (I think)
Kudzu (of course)
Bronxharp
Bluzlver
Jaybird
Harpestry (Maybe?)
DocJon (I think)
Wonder if HarpinNinja is HarpNinja?
Dewey.Dloe (Maybe?)

I wonder if any of them are in the 2k post club. Oldwailer? Bluzlver? HarpinNinja if that is HarpNinja? Brandon sold me some harps once. (Low D Sp20 and a Manji E, both fun to play). Any of you 4 in the 2k club?

Here is a thread from 2013 where Isaac did some forum history including a list of the then 2ks.

https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/5347913.htm

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First Post- May 8, 2009

Last Edited by nacoran on Dec 16, 2019 8:06 PM
mr_so&so
1087 posts
Dec 16, 2019
8:15 PM
Using Nate's search technique, my first post was on October 6, 2008. I don't post much now, but I'm grateful for this forum and the generosity of everyone who have shared knowledge and music here. It was fun participating in the blues harp challenges, organized by Tookatooka, and sharing videos on the Harpfriends YT channel, started by GermanHarpist. I still keep up with what's happening here.

Last Edited by mr_so&so on Dec 16, 2019 8:29 PM
nacoran
10207 posts
Dec 16, 2019
9:47 PM
We should do some challenges again. We did one over on the FB page for the 10k membership contest. YouTube has changed a lot over the years. Back in the day it was much more complicated to do, and video heavy threads would bog down the threads load time. Simple solution is to just have people post links and then have one person (doesn't even have to be an admin) create and share a playlist from the links.

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Gnarly
2732 posts
Dec 16, 2019
9:51 PM
I had made 26 posts when I posted on Apr 30, 2011.
So probably late 2010.
Harmonica John Frazer recommended that I check out the forum.
indigo
579 posts
Dec 16, 2019
9:52 PM
Jehosaphat 228 posts. Apr 23, 2012 .I probably joined around 2010.
Now Indigo.
SuperBee
6384 posts
Dec 17, 2019
12:19 AM
"Best way to find your first post, by the way, is to either use the forum search or google search with the domain search feature and include, in parenthesis, "Username 1 post"."

that doesnt work at all for me. ive tried all sorts of numerals in there and it just gives 'no results'. Google keeps trying to make me look at pictures of cars
gmacleod15
324 posts
Dec 17, 2019
4:02 AM
I joined March 24, 2009 but was lurking before that. I still check in pretty much everyday. I have become a harp player because of this forum. Just last weekend I played a 2 hour set with some of my work jam buddies for our office Christmas party. Thanks Adam and admin and all the regular posters. Glenn
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The Iceman
3987 posts
Dec 17, 2019
4:26 AM
Adam sez "Ahem and tsk tsk, as the Iceman would say".

Nope.

The Iceman sez "(koff koff)"

I joined this site after Chris Michalek passed..
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Honkin On Bobo
1525 posts
Dec 17, 2019
5:05 AM
Earliest post I could find was Oct 1, 2008. It was No. 5 for me. The username 1 post thing didn't work for me either. But my curiosity made me try to do some digging which involved randomly combing through some of those early threads. No luck there. I figure mid to late 2008 is close enough.

1525 posts over about 11 years (including a self imposed exile for a number of months). About 2 to 3 a week if i've done my math right. Definitely an ebb and flow though. I know there was a time when I was posting much more frequently than I do now.

For me the MBH forum has been a true love/hate relationship. But ain't that the blues, lol? Love because of the treasure trove of information it contained within it's pages for anybody wanting to learn how to play this amazing little instrument. Hate, because of the temptation it posed for me to become involved in talking about the blues and blues harp rather than practicing blues harp, lol. A temptation I succumbed to many times over the years.

I've gotten better as a player almost in spite of myself, ha! Though not nearly as good as I should be when I look back on how long ago I started out down this road.

Ah well, Que sera sera, eh?

Last Edited by Honkin On Bobo on Dec 17, 2019 5:30 AM
florida-trader
1477 posts
Dec 17, 2019
6:18 AM
My first post was on June 8, 2011. If you would like a good laugh and a peek at the genesis of Blue Moon Harmonicas, you can read the thread here:

Wood Comb Warning

I was, perhaps more specifically, my products, were under attack by a former competitor and I stepped up to defend myself. I say “former” competitor because within a couple of years, they faded from existence. Ironically, that attack helped launch my business into the stratosphere. I had been making custom combs for about 18 months at that point and hadn’t tapped into the Modern Blues Harmonica market. Since then, this community, along with the many harmonica-centric Facebook Groups have been absolutely amazing with your support. And I thank you for that. Collectively, you have been a wealth of information for me. As a businessman, you have taught me how to make better products. That includes custom combs and custom harmonicas. You have identified potential markets – different products your wanted and could not seem to find. You’ve entertained me with your humor, your music and occasional bickering. And you have furthered my musical education – from theory to different styles to different techniques to artists I might never have heard of if not for this forum.

I got into the harmonica business ten years ago because I loved the harmonica and thought I could have some fun. This forum, for the past 8+ years, has been akin to throwing gasoline on a fire. My passion for the instrument grows every day. So far, it has been a hell of a ride.


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Tom Halchak
Blue Moon Harmonicas
Blue Moon Harmonicas

Last Edited by florida-trader on Dec 17, 2019 6:20 AM
Rontana
535 posts
Dec 17, 2019
6:22 AM
It was fall of 2014 . . . wow . . . five years have gone by very quickly.

I've always been thankful for finding this site, for the countless fantastic tips, and more to the point, for Adam's lessons. They've allowed me to learn, progress, and enjoy countless hours of happiness.

Thanks!
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Philosofy
935 posts
Dec 17, 2019
8:10 AM
Using the search method, my first post was Nov 11, 2008, but it says I had 77 posts at that time.
Littoral
1714 posts
Dec 17, 2019
9:02 AM
Early 2010.
Buddha days. What a character.
I sure have benefited from all the knowledge around here.
barbequebob
3627 posts
Dec 17, 2019
9:05 AM
Damn, I'm not sure exactly when I joined but my guestimate is probably around 2009.
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harpwrench
1125 posts
Dec 17, 2019
9:15 AM
Still here, since 2008 I think-
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HarveyHarp
786 posts
Dec 17, 2019
9:51 AM
I've been here for a while. Todd Greene, remember him?' and I formed the Crescent City Harmonica Club in New Orleans, and he turned me on to this forum.
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groyster1
3502 posts
Dec 17, 2019
10:05 AM
I went to first HCH in 2010 so must have joined then or maybe 2009
nacoran
10208 posts
Dec 17, 2019
10:26 AM
Tom, I remember that thread. I messaged you about it. To the extent I helped get you involved over here I think it's one of my bigger contributions to the wider harmonica world. :)



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nacoran
10209 posts
Dec 17, 2019
10:37 AM
Bob, you were off to a fast start! I found one with 1k posts on it back in 2010.

Earliest I've found so far for you is this one from Nov 09, but you already had 134 posts. I may try to find some other early posts for people later.

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sydeman
230 posts
Dec 17, 2019
12:00 PM
Here is 2 pages of posts from February 16, 2008 has Kudz second post,Of all things it is about amps.

https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/333017.htm

Last Edited by sydeman on Dec 17, 2019 12:04 PM
florida-trader
1478 posts
Dec 17, 2019
12:33 PM
Thanks Nate. You have been and continue to be very encouraging and supportive to a lot of people. It is right here on record for anyone who cares to notice.
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Tom Halchak
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KingoBad
1742 posts
Dec 17, 2019
2:37 PM
I have been around since at least June of 2008, I haven't found my first post yet, but I did fing one in June. I had been creeping for a while before that.

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Danny
nacoran
10210 posts
Dec 17, 2019
2:51 PM
Here is BBQ's 16 post, with Jim Rumbaugh and Hobostubs Ashlock with a few more posts.

https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/508854.htm?desktop=false

I'm trying to figure out how to do a date search. That, plus a username might get us more accurate results.

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Nate
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Thievin' Heathen
1186 posts
Dec 17, 2019
4:15 PM
I can find a thread I commented on in July of 2012 and I had 7 posts. So I'm guessing May or June of 2012.
What was the question again?
ROBERT TEMPLE II
94 posts
Dec 17, 2019
5:05 PM
I think since 2013, maybe earlier. Thanks for being here, such a great resourse of information, so very helpful. Peace.
Tuckster
1711 posts
Dec 17, 2019
7:07 PM
I found my 4th post dated April 29,2008. Don't post much anymore,but I still lurk.
ted burke
793 posts
Dec 17, 2019
9:52 PM
No OG here. Joined in 2014(I think) as TheoBurke, changed it to Ted Burke, got banned for two weeks and swore never to return, returned, wore out my welcome again.
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the_happy_honker
311 posts
Dec 18, 2019
2:38 AM
I became a member in summer/early fall of 2010, after having bought my first harmonica in April. I lurk a lot.

Edit: Found my first post, August 8.2010:
https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/642156.htm?desktop=true

Last Edited by the_happy_honker on Dec 18, 2019 3:19 PM
Rhartt1234
262 posts
Dec 18, 2019
6:14 AM
My first post was Nov 16, 2010 when I happened upon a thread about...ME!

https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/585855.htm
KC69
604 posts
Dec 18, 2019
7:48 AM
I started sometime around 2010. Its been a fun ride...
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tomaxe
171 posts
Dec 18, 2019
10:32 AM
My big brother used to drag me with him down to 125th Street on the train from Mt Vernon, NY so he could buy dime bags and we could eat Patsy's Pizza in East Harlem.
Later on, in the mid-to-late 80's I saw Satan and Adam playing on the street while hanging around the Columbia University area, as I was crashing at a friend's dorm room there. I was mesmerized. Fooled around with the harp for years, even played in bands... but finally got serious around 2000.

I think I joined the forum in 2008 or 9, or at least watched Adam's YouTube lessons at that time and joined shortly thereafter.

I contribute occasionally but check in often...I have learned so much from this forum...everything from incredible harmonica knowledge to the ins and outs and odd behaviors of people on the internet. Always an experience! Thank you!
Hollistonharper
261 posts
Dec 19, 2019
10:03 AM
I put my name in the forum search function and saw that my 3rd post was on December 4, 2008. I was looking for advice on how to improve my warble. Based upon the frequency of my posts on this forum, my first post was probably in the late ‘70’s.:) I found this forum to be an incredibly helpful resource when I was first picking up the harp, and incredibly entertaining with strong characters like Buddha (Chris Michalik) pushing lots of buttons. For the most I’ve sworn off use of most social media (at end of the day, it causes more harm than good and is leading to the end of the world as we once knew it) but I still like to come here periodically and lurk.
asilve3
166 posts
Dec 20, 2019
9:27 AM
I estimate I joined sometime in the spring of 2009. I don't post much but pop in about once a week to see if there's anything interesting or tips I can pick up. Cheers mates!

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Jim Rumbaugh
1340 posts
Dec 20, 2019
10:20 AM
I was trying to find my oldest post via the "Nacoran method"
I have not found it, but did find this.
someone bumped a thread in 2009 and said "I believe this was the first post" (on Modern Blues Harmonica"

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loud4
1 post
Feb 14, 2008
5:14 PM

https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/332700.htm

First Post ??
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theharmonicaclub.com (of Huntington, WV)

Last Edited by Jim Rumbaugh on Dec 20, 2019 10:23 AM
shadoe42
353 posts
Dec 20, 2019
3:07 PM
Man hell if I know. I have been here for some time. Since probably at least 2010 if not earlier. I honestly cannot recall haha. Looking at my profile it mentions a band I am no longer in...but that would have been around 09


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Me With Harp

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shanester
583 posts
Dec 20, 2019
10:50 PM
I think I first joined in 2009 or 2010. I’ve been off the forum for a while but haven’t stopped wielding my battle axe(s)!

I’m excited to return to this community and I see people have been honing their chops!

Thank you nacoran for helping me log back in!

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