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The Bushman Delta Frost Harmonica Story...
Shortly after opening a harmonica retail shop in January 1996, we discovered that harmonica players needed a better product. Over the phone, and through email we received a steady stream of stories of harmonicas not even making it through one gig before blowing out; we knew something had to be done. Players complained that the harmonicas that were made in the 1960s and '70s were far superior to today's models. That didn't make sense, should we really have to go back in time to get better? Was there really a place and time where instrument makers cared a little more, and took the time to get it right? Was there a place that used better materials that could stand-up to the demands of today's blues bending, rock blowing harp players? To find out, we went back to the beginning, back to 1821 when, in the city of Berlin, Germany a 16 year old genius named Christian Buschmann created an instrument he called the Aura. The Aura only had blow reeds until an instrument maker from Bohemia named Richter added draw reeds and an "easier-to-play" note arrangement, but the Aura was a bold, new step toward the formation of our beloved harmonica. We wanted to honor Buschmann's inventive spirit by naming our harmonicas after him.

In 2000, we designed a new harmonica with old ideas.  With this new instrument, we went back in time with a traditional cover plate design, but we went more modern with everything else.  After comparing the brass that other harmonica makers have been using for their reeds since 1821, we found Phosphor Bronze to be a more resilient metal - it not only plays easier, it stays in tune longer.  Once we found a factory who could produce the Phosphor Bronze reeds, it took 3 years to tool-up to make our new harmonica, but finally, in August 2003, we unveiled our Bushman Delta Frost harmonica to the world at the SPAH Convention in Dallas, TX. From that moment on, the Delta Frost has been a smash hit with harmonica players around the world. That's because it's made right - each instrument is accurately tuned, and then securely fitted together to provide dependable, long-lasting performance.  We employ an exclusive "open gap" reed setup that enables the harmonica to keep making music even when it's being blown too hard.  Other comparable harmonicas on the market will "lock-up" or stall when played with too much force; a Delta Frost will just keep playing.  The reeds for the Delta Frost are cut from the trade's very best Phosphor Bronze.

One of America's Best Selling Harmonicas is being built here too...
In March 2014, we began building our Delta Frost in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We still import the reeds/reed plates and some other parts, but the assembly, reed gap inspection and adjusting if necessary, final tuning check, playability check, packaging, and warranty support all happens here under our roof.

Send us your Love...
Almost daily we receive email or phone calls of love stories between our customers and their Bushman instruments. If you have a Bushman story you'd like to share with us, or if you just have an idea for a new instrument design or improvement we want to hear from you. You can call us at 317-250-8156 or send an email to bushmanmusic at gmail dot com. We love fresh ideas that result in new or improved instruments, and we get those ideas from musicians just like you. In fact, all Bushman instruments are designed by our customers. "Together, we are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of the dream." (Aurthur O'Shaughnessy 1844 - 1881).