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The Bushman 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 of 30 and 40 years ago 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 and his desire to make something better by naming our harmonicas after him. We've chosen to follow his lead by making today's instrument better!

In 2000, we sent the best harmonica factory in the world our design for 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. 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 airtight, super responsive performance. The reeds for the Delta Frost are cut from the trade's very best Phosphor Bronze.

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 317-851-8795 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).