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Posted 6 months ago

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The “Trump”, “Mouth Harp”, “Jew’s Harp”, “Juice Harp”, “Jaw Harp”, “Ozark Harp” or “Juice Harp” are some of the English names used for this lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of “plucked idiophones”. It consist of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue reed is placed in the performer’s mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note.

This Mouth Harp is known world-wide by many different names:
Germany – Maultrommel (mouth drum)
Japan – Koukin
Russia – Vargan
England – Gewgaw
Siberia – Khomus
Italy – Scacciapensieri
Norway – Munnharpa
France – Guimbarde
Bali – Genggong

This instrument is considered to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. A musician playing one can be seen in a Chinese drawing from the 4th century BC. This instrument is native to Asia and used in all tribes of Turkic peoples in Asia, among whom it is variously referred to as a “temir komuz (iron komuz) & “agiz komuzu” (mouth komuz).

This one is very crudely made, with out any markings on it.
Attached is a link to a youtube video of one being played.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnMXzCGNPSo

Thanks for looking,
Dave

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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    youtube demo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnMXzCGNPSo
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 months ago
    My great grandmother (born 1887) always carried one of these in her purse. I'm not sure why. She would play it but there was never a tune to it, just twang, twang, twing. I have it out in my shop along with her shoe button hook and hump hair pins. The button hook and hair pins don't make noise....Amen.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    fhrjr2,
    This one was my grandfathers and incidentally was born the same year as your great-grandmother. He lived until 1990 and was 102-1/2 years old.
    Dave
  4. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 months ago
    neat peace ....god bless grampa
  5. pops52 pops52, 6 months ago
    Always wanted one of these. Thanks for sharing.
  6. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks Roycroftbooksfromme1 & pops52 for the comments & appreciation.
    Dave
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris for the appreciation.
    Dave
  8. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks sarahoff for the appreciation.
    Dave
  9. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 months ago
    good looking Juice harp Dave, love it.
  10. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks Kerry for the comment & appreciation.
    Dave
  11. ralph ralph, 6 months ago
    I have 3 different size and tone ,I played them in a skiffle group in the 1950s.
  12. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Awesome Ralph. Any recordings?
    Dave
  13. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks SEAN68 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 months ago
    Your very welcome David:)
  15. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks vetraio50, mikelv85 & DrFluffy for the appreciation.
    Dave
  16. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks walksoftly for the appreciation.
    Dave
  17. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks geo26e for the appreciation.
    Dave
  18. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks gargoylecollector for the appreciation.
    Dave
  19. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks RonM for the appreciation.
    Dave
  20. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 months ago
    Thanks tom61375 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  21. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 months ago
    Thanks petey for the appreciation.
    Dave
  22. ralph ralph, 18 days ago
    Dave my skiffle group us to practise in the mast and crowsnest on the R M S QUEEN MARY in the 1950s fantastic sound effect.
  23. pw-collector pw-collector, 18 days ago
    Great story Ralph, I would have enjoyed listening to the group.
    Dave
  24. pw-collector pw-collector, 18 days ago
    Thanks toracat & jjsr for the appreciation.
    Dave

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