Mouth Harps from Austria
In Austria, Mouth Harps are called Maultrommel, meaning ‘Mouth Drum’.
Austria has a long history of Mouth Harp making. In one small village in Northern Austria, in an area rich in iron ore, a century ago there were over a hundred families producing mouth harps for export all over Europe and the rest of the world. At present, only three Maultrommel makers remain in this same village:
Schwartz mass-produces his instruments entirely with machines. World Harps doesn’t stock these!
Wimmer fashions the frames by hand, then cuts the tongues and crimps them by machine.
These are the most basic Mouth Harps in the World Harps Collection.
Jofen forges his Maultrommel by hand, and each instrument is individually tuned to scale.
These are fine Mouth Harps, great for musicians who like to play in tune along with other instruments!
UPDATE: Master Sepp Jofen has recently completely ceased production, due to his old age.
Any remaining stock of Jofen’s Maultrommel in the World Harps Collection are among his final pieces, last purchased in 2013.
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Austria Wimmer Steel Basic
Wholesale $6.00 ea.
Suggested Retail $12.00
(Minimum 5 per order)
Austria Jofen Iron Tuned (C,D,E,F,G,A)
Wholesale $30.00 ea.
Suggested Retail $45.00
(Minimum 2 per order, assorted keys OK)