North Star?
#1
I have a 24-hole 'North Star' tremolo harmonica. No info about the brand anywhere... Does anyone here know about it? The instrument isn't bad, and cost 195 Norwegian Krone, about 19 UK pounds. It may be Chinese, though there is no indication of it .

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#2
Hello and welcome
I think most important it is to find out about layout notes chords available  let us know how your tremolo harmonica starts on what note starts thx
You can use hohner tuner on Internet free of charge
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#3
The price indicates it is probably Chinese. That is not a bad thing. If it is tuned well you can have a lot of fun with it. Different names are put on these harps depending on which country they are being shipped to. I have never heard of that brand here in the USA.
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#4
Hello, Drbekken.

Here are a few of the many Chinese harmonica companies
that may have made your North Star tremolo harp. You
have written that it's a Koch harmonica, made by Hohner.

The most popular harmonica companies have, at one time
or another, sub-contracted smaller companies to make
their less expensive harmonicas for world distribution.

For example, Hohner, Hering, Huang, Seydel, Suzuki,
Tombo, have all sub-contracted Chinese harmonica
companies.

These are the most famous Chinese companies, and their
web and/or email addresses. You may search freely with
these companies. I don't think that Easttop, maker of Bee
harmonicas, manufactures the North Star harps for Hohner:

Jiangsu Swan Musical Instrument Corporation ("Swan", founded 1982):

http://www.harmonicas.com.cn/en
http://www.swanmusicstore.com (USA distributor)

Wuxi-Suzuki Musical Instrument Company, Ltd. (a collaboration
between the Chinese Wuxi and Japanese Suzuki companies,
founded after 1992; "Golden Butterfly" and "Wuxi" brands):

http://wuxi-suzuki-musical.com.cn/ebar1.html
http://wuxi-suzuki-musical.com.cn/ebar4.html
http://www.8891.tradebig.com (a distributor, not the manufacturer)

Jiangsu East Musical Instrument Company ("Easttop" and "Bee"
brands, founding date 1997):

http://www.beeharmonica.en.alibaba.com

Check the companies' websites for illustrated products.
Some of the above addresses may be expired.

At a recent Frankfurt, Germany, Products Trade Fair (circa 2008?),
there were 53 Chinese harmonica companies listed in the
exhibitors' roster. It's difficult to find them all.

Also, Hohner is currently owned by KHS Musical Company, Ltd.,
of Taipei, Taiwan. Major harmonica companies rarely publish the
names of their sub-contractors:

http://www.world.khsmusic.com
http://www.hohnerusa.com (USA Hohner distributor)

Good luck in your search.

John Broecker
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#5
(08-09-2016, 08:23 AM)john_broecker Wrote: Hello, Drbekken.

Here are a few of the many Chinese harmonica companies
that may have made your North Star tremolo harp. You
have written that it's a Koch harmonica, made by Hohner.

The most popular harmonica companies have, at one time
or another, sub-contracted smaller companies to make
their less expensive harmonicas for world distribution.

For example, Hohner, Hering, Huang, Seydel, Suzuki,
Tombo, have all sub-contracted Chinese harmonica
companies.

These are the most famous Chinese companies, and their
web and/or email addresses. You may search freely with
these companies. I don't think that Easttop, maker of Bee
harmonicas, manufactures the North Star harps for Hohner:

Jiangsu Swan Musical Instrument Corporation ("Swan", founded 1982):

http://www.harmonicas.com.cn/en
http://www.swanmusicstore.com (USA distributor)

Wuxi-Suzuki Musical Instrument Company, Ltd. (a collaboration
between the Chinese Wuxi and Japanese Suzuki companies,
founded after 1992; "Golden Butterfly" and "Wuxi" brands):

http://wuxi-suzuki-musical.com.cn/ebar1.html
http://wuxi-suzuki-musical.com.cn/ebar4.html
http://www.8891.tradebig.com (a distributor, not the manufacturer)

Jiangsu East Musical Instrument Company ("Easttop" and "Bee"
brands, founding date 1997):

http://www.beeharmonica.en.alibaba.com

Check the companies' websites for illustrated products.
Some of the above addresses may be expired.

At a recent Frankfurt, Germany, Products Trade Fair (circa 2008?),
there were 53 Chinese harmonica companies listed in the
exhibitors' roster.  It's difficult to find them all.

Also, Hohner is currently owned by KHS Musical Company, Ltd.,
of Taipei, Taiwan. Major harmonica companies rarely publish the
names of their sub-contractors:

http://www.world.khsmusic.com
http://www.hohnerusa.com (USA Hohner distributor)

Good luck in your search.

John Broecker

thanks...that's a LOT of info. My harp is Asian tuned, by the way. Sounds great and seems well constructed.

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#6
drbekken Wrote:I have a 24-hole 'North Star' tremolo harmonica. No info about the brand anywhere... Does anyone here know about it? The instrument isn't bad, and cost 195 Norwegian Krone, about 19 UK pounds. It may be Chinese, though there is no indication of it .

Is it "boat" shaped ? I have a "Blue Danube", boat-shaped & 24 holes. I suspect mine, too, is a common China-made model sold under a variety of names & cover plates.
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#7
(08-11-2016, 01:14 PM)JoePasko Wrote:
drbekken Wrote:I have a 24-hole 'North Star' tremolo harmonica. No info about the brand anywhere... Does anyone here know about it? The instrument isn't bad, and cost 195 Norwegian Krone, about 19 UK pounds. It may be Chinese, though there is no indication of it .

Is it "boat" shaped ?   I have a "Blue Danube", boat-shaped & 24 holes.  I suspect mine, too, is a common China-made model sold under a variety of names & cover plates.
It looks more or less like a Swan Professional.

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