Bushman Delta Frost Harmonica Story...
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.
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 for 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
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 airtight, super responsive performance. The
reeds for the Delta Frost are cut
from the trade's very best Phosphor Bronze.
of America's Best Selling Harmonicas is being built here too...
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. In October 2015, we began making Rosewood
combs for our Delta
Frost Woody harmonicas. In
fact, we can custom make Rosewood combs according to any customer's
exact specs. Click
here for info about our made-to-your-specs
Rosewood harmonica combs.
us your Love...
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).