Seriously weird harmonica - a perfect xmas present?
By James Grahame
Have no fear, we're not about to subject you to a blow-by-blow history of the harmonica. Instead, let's consider the fun you could have by giving everyone on your Christmas list one of these puppies. This $119.95 trumpet harmonica is based upon a 1907 design that is guaranteed to drive even the most docile house plant into a carnivorous rage within minutes. It features five brass bells and a pearwood comb core.
"Two brass Knittlinger-replica reed plates are affixed to either side of the comb using the traditional nailing method and enclosed by two cover plates, creating 10 double holes and a total of 40 reeds. The brass bells all connect to the air chamber, and blowing or drawing on one of the holes passes air through the nearest bell, resulting in the classic Hohner vibrato. The harmonica is tuned to the key of C-major." Just like the muffler on Uncle Helmut's pickup truck.
Replica 1907 Hohner Trumpet Harmonica [Hammacher Schlemmer]