This is a simple box-type case for my old HarpBuddy, Dane Terry from San Diego. It’s for his Hohner 280 Chromonica/64. After showing Dane a number of possibilities of different types of leather and color combinations, he chose a luxurious brown English Bridle Leather with black accents. Here’s what I came up with. This leather is “hot-stuffed” with natural oils to make it virtually waterproof, as it is designed for a very harsh environment. This gives the leather a beautiful “hand” (feel) and ensures its longevity.
The case is stitched using the classic British two-needle method using a multi-toothed “pricking iron” to carefully mark nice, evenly spaced holes that serve as a guide for the saddler’s awl. This makes the waxed thread form the familiar beautiful, classic zig-zag pattern that lies nicely on the surface of the leather.
The case is closed via a leather strap punched for a “Sam Browne” button. This makes for a simple, long-lasting closure that is very easy to open yet it is very secure when closed.
Inside the case there is a block that ensures that the delicate button will not be pressed once the instrument is nestled inside.
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NB: These cases are made to fit a block of wood (called a last) that I make to be just slightly larger than the instrument it is designed to hold, to allow you to easily insert and remove your axe. I am developing a set of these forms but I may not have one for your particular make and model of harmonica. In this event, there are three possibilities. The ideal solution is for you to loan me your instrument to that I can make the wooden form and then retain the instrument while I make the case so that I can ensure proper final fit. The next best scenario is to send me your axe so that I can make detailed exact measurements that will allow me to make the form, and then I return your instrument immediately. This option, of course does not allow me to ensure proper final fit — not the best situation, I’m sure you would agree. The least appealing option is that I can supply you with a drawing that details the locations of the necessary measurements so that you can make them yourself. This introduces even more variables, making me least comfortable with this option. One way or another, though, we can work it out.