How many ways can you play stringed instruments?

… play with a bow, some with picks, many with plucking and strumming

musical instruments available at Bahoukas Antiques

Above we have a beautiful violin (autographed, but we don’t recognize the names – maybe you will), a dulcimer, a Bauer Bowl Mandolin, a Russian balalaika, and the frame of a banjo. Oh yes, and a tambourine! (Come on… let that 60’s child out and enjoy a bit of rhythm!)

The balalaika (Russian: балала́йкаpronounced [bəɫɐˈɫajkə]) is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords. The instrument generally has a short sustain, necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing.   from 

Listen to an explanation and hear the beauty of this instrument in this video:

If you go to another blog post on our site, CLICK HERE, you can also enjoy the beautiful sound of the dulcimer and the mandolin.

Music seems to be as old as the human race. It has comforted us, given us joy, led us to war, and created amazing celebrations.

“While language splits the world into detailed, distinct pieces, music unifies the world into a whole,” Perlovsky writes. “Our psyche requires both.”


These wonderful instruments are in our front window. Stop by and see them for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Musical Instruments – oh yes!

You’ve seen our posts for violins, dulcimers, and other musical instruments.

Now enjoy an electric chord organ, trumpet and trombone!

Are you ready to start your own band? We can help with that! In researching this Roxy Organ, it appears to be from the 1960s. It’s electric and is a table top model. It may have had legs for it at one time. It still plays and is quite an interesting piece! Stop in and let us hear you play!

Roxy Chord Organ 1960s and still plays available at Bahoukas Antiques Havre de Grace, MD

Below you can see the organ with the cover closed. Handsome piece of furniture.

Roxy Organ with cover closed - 1960s - available at Bahoukas

Below is a Besson trombone with case and a Holton (Leblanc) trumpet. Did we say we could help you start your own band. We most certainly can. These instruments all work and are waiting for someone who is ready to appreciate them to come in and adopt them.

Trombone with case and a trumpet are just a few of the musical instruments you might find at Bahoukas Antiques, Havre de Grace, Harford Co., Maryland

We’re always telling you what great and unusual finds you might discover when browsing at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. These are just a few items that you might not think of looking for here. Stop by today. Let us know what you’ve been searching for because we just might surprise you with what we have! We’ll be watching for you!

Day 6 – Gift Giving Ideas at Bahoukas

Weather Will Not Deter Our Holiday Celebrations

various items to keep an eye on the weather including thermometers, barometers, humidity

George gathered up the above items to add to your home or office decor – or to give as a very useful and beautiful gift. More importantly, you’ll always know the weather pattern where you’re at! The tall black case with brass trim includes a thermometer, barometer and hygrometer. We know a thermometer gives us the temperature. But do you know what a barometer or hygrometer tell us?

Temperature and humidity are the two most basic of weather variables and all of us are interested in what they are right now and what they will be in the future. Hygrometers measure the amount of moisture (or water vapor) in the air, commonly referred to as humidity. By knowing the percentage of humidity in the air along with the current temperature, dew point temperature and heat index can be calculated. These factors can be important to those who work and play outside. They are also important to farmers and other agricultural concerns with regard to stress in livestock or plants, or in properly irrigating crops. With an easy-to-read display and fast response time, analog hygrometers offer excellent accuracy and the ability to be calibrated.   from 

Barometric pressure plays a large part in the ever-changing weather pattern.

As a very loose rule, a high-pressure area will be clear, and a low-pressure area will be cloudy and rainy.  from Science: How Stuff Works

The ‘pilot wheel’ is a thermometer created as an advertisement for Carney-Berman Mfg. Other items include “Old Salt” wood carvings, a coffee grinder thermometer, wood framed barometer-thermometer-hygrometer, a plastic Springfield thermometer, a woman silhouette that is a thermometer and an advertisement for Campus Pharmacy. There is also a glass thermometer for fish tanks by H-B Instrument Co., made in Phila PA USA,  and a small a/c thermometer.

We doubt that you’ve really thought about all the possibilities for gift-giving available to you at Bahoukas Antique Mall. Be sure to stop in soon and discover for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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#19 Gift Giving Idea is perfect music for the holidays

Dulcimer, Violin, 3-string Guitar ... beautiful instruments at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Musical Instruments are a great holiday gift. We have 3 unique stringed instruments sure to entertain the musically inclined on your Christmas List!

We’ve even included some videos to help you imagine the instruments finding ‘life’ in your home! Though they are unique, if you search YouTube, youll find a number of popular songs being played on these older instruments.

Delight the musician in your family with one of these fine pieces. Or, if you must, give them – at the very least – a beautiful place to live in your home.

Stop in soon. Two weeks from today it’s all over but the unwrapping!

The Folkcraft Instruments Dulcimer is handmade in the U.S. Listen to this artist play one and learn a bit more about it.

The Balalaika is a 3-string Russian Guitar and has a wonderfully intriguing history going back to 1688. The link takes you to Wikipedia where you can read all about it. Below is a simple video for tuning. You can subscribe to this guy’s channel on YouTube to learn more (all free)!

The Bauer Bowl Mandolin is 8-strings. It’s a really pleasant sound. Check out the video below.












#15 – Holton Trumpet (Leblanc)

A Student would absolutely love this trumpet!

Holton Trumpet by Leblanc that works - at Bahoukas

This Holton Trumpet by LeBlanc actually works (though you may not want to ask George to play for you!). It comes with its own case and a student book. What a perfect gift for the aspiring student!

We’ve learned that the Frank Holton Company has a long history and included several fine musicians using their instruments including Frank Holton himself – lead trombonist for the Sousa Band and Maynard Ferguson!

You just never know what’s available at Bahoukas until you stop in and browse. Leave some time, there’s lots to see!