Some of you know that I’m trying to learn to play harmonica. My dad played. Although I heard him on a few occasions, he apparently was really into it before I was born. I thought I had his Hohner 64 Chromonica here, but it turns out my sister has it. She says she’ll send it to me. She says, ‘It smells like dad.’ He was a smoker, and I guess the smell is still in it.
Harmonicas are known to ‘go bad’ after a while. I suspect dad’s is in need of repair. Should I ‘destroy the ch’i’, and have a playable instrument; or should I leave it as-is as a keepsake? My options are:
[ul][li]Repair it and have a usable instrument;[/li][li]Repair it and another vintage Hohner 64 Chromonica I have, admire dad’s, and play the duplicate;[/li][li]Don’t repair it. Repair the duplicate and play that one.[/ul][/li]I’m starting this thread to solicit opinions on how to preserve dad’s harmonica, but I’m curious about other keepsakes you may have.