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2. At what age did you start?
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:07:33 PM »
At what age did you start playing the Chromatic harmonica? (not the other kind)
Same rules apply as question #1
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 09:45:00 PM »
October 2010
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011, 10:05:36 PM »
Around 1961.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011, 10:15:49 PM »
I think it was around 2003. I would have been 51.
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011, 10:28:11 PM »
At first 1951 till 1958
Again at around 1980 something till now.

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apart and nobody would recognize it once it was put back together.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2011, 10:59:02 PM »
1963 when the four man harmonica band changed from Marine Bands and a Goliath to chromatics, bass and chord.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2011, 11:15:22 PM »
No no! Not what year; What Age!!??  :)

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011, 11:20:36 PM »
I switched to the Chromatic when I was eleven
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 12:35:11 AM »
Age- In March of 2006' at age 56. Not a moment too soon.-Greg

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2011, 08:48:55 AM »
Sorry, AGE.   I was 63 in October 2010.
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2011, 08:50:44 AM »
Sixty (early 2000).

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2011, 09:11:54 AM »
 Around thirty years of age , but with big gaps along the way. ( excuses , excuses).


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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2011, 12:20:19 PM »
1963 when the four man harmonica band changed from Marine Bands and a Goliath to chromatics, bass and chord.

OK Age, I was 14.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2011, 12:47:04 PM »
 Playing chrom harmon since july 2010 (52 years age)

(Playing piano and piano accordion since aged 5 years !)

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2011, 01:57:16 PM »
I bought my first chromatic in April 1987.  It was a Hohner 280.  I was age 56.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2011, 02:37:36 PM »
I bought my first chromatic, a CBH-2016 at Henry's Music in Barberton, Ohio on my 31st birthday in March of 1978.

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2011, 07:18:58 PM »
dunno, around 15 maybe

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011, 07:26:24 PM »
Christmas Day when I was 7, Feb I turned 8

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 08:06:51 PM »
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2011, 12:46:14 AM »

     20 Mar 1955 (exactly 12.5 yrs. old).
     12.5 to 14, I practiced
     14 to 15 played at the Gardina del Mare (sea garden), in the corner of Luna Park, Naples Italy. (Tips)
     16 to 17 played at the Austerlitz train station, Paris Fr. (Paid)
     17.25 turned professional N.Y., N.Y., local 802 (mother signed)
     17.75 left home, became a hobo, quit playing at 18.
      In the 30 intervening years would pop up now and then and appear somewhere. Was blessed to have sat in with local and visiting out of town musicians in the Pittsburgh area. But never again pursued professional status. 
      48 met Herb Eck (1991), went to Steel Valley harmonica club, then to spah. Started playing again.
      50 (Christmas 93), son was killed, quit playing
      55 (1998) started playing again...IN Florida, had been active since.
      69 (Sept 2011)...retired.
 
       

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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2011, 08:19:53 AM »
At 33 years old (August 20 ,2008)
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Re: 2. When did you start?
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2011, 11:49:09 AM »
About 6 weeks ago when I bought my very first harmonica (Super Chromonica 270). I'm 64!!  :(
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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2011, 07:39:24 PM »
Age 7/8 after beginning on a Tremolo. Played to Age 14 then stopped for 30+yrs. Began again. Strictly Amateur. Making up for lost time.

Elizabeth (a/k/a Scotty)
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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2011, 07:02:23 PM »
6-10 Tremolos
10-69 Chromatic, bass,chord.

Immigrating to Canada from Denmark in 1965

Believed Canada to be wasteland for harmonica. (wrong)
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First SPAH 1982 in Detroit. Met Harry Bee
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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2011, 08:15:48 PM »
I was just turning 15 when I started playing diatonic. My mother knew that chromatic was supposed to be the harmonica that would play in all keys, so bought me one for my birthday, taking me to a music store and letting me choose the one I wanted (I chose a Koch 980 because they had it in stock, despite the warning that it wasn't completely chromatic, but soon after bought myself a 280).

So I've been playing diatonic and chromatic side by side since the beginning.

Back then the 980 probably cost $10. A 270 was $15 and a 280 was $20. Marine Bands were $3.25.

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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2011, 10:02:47 PM »
15 (July 1971)
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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2011, 04:08:47 PM »
Thanks Gary R. Makes me feel less alone.
I started two years ago, and I'm just turned 60.
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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2011, 02:18:44 PM »
aound age 12 chistmas 1947 got a 64 in my stocking

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Re: 2. At what age did you start?
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2011, 03:45:04 AM »
Around age 12 ie. in 1963.

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« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2011, 06:23:53 AM »
When I was 41.