Magazine article Sunset

Harp Heaven in Hollywood

Magazine article Sunset

Harp Heaven in Hollywood

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A few years back. Marvin Wolfe had a hunch. And that hunch became a mission. Mary was shopping in a music store when he noticed several harmonicas. They sat in a small case looking rather neglected. He went to a few more places and saw that in those stores, too, the harmonicas were pretty much afterthoughts.

This he couldn't understand. To Marv, the harmonicas brought back memories of the 1930s and 1940s, when the instrument was king. Back then, Borra Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals and soloists such as Larry Adler put out music that Marv adored.

So Marv did what any self-respecting go-getting, gut-trusting, harmonica-loving, non-harmonica-playing octogenarian would do. He opened a harmonica store. Not one to beat around the bush, he called it The Harmonica Store.

"It's easy to use, it's portable, and it's inexpensive," Marv says. "The harmonica is the most versatile instrument out there. I think we're helping to start a harmonica wave that will exceed anything that came before. …

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