MUSIC – it’s everywhere

Guitar, dulcimer, horns … at Bahoukas!

This beautiful guitar with case is ready for someone to love it enough to create beautiful music together.

Ready to begin? Or maybe add a new guitar to your collection?

Marching Snare Drum from early 1940s at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Yesterday we sold a wonderful drum to an excited young man. In June, Jack Broadbent surprised us with a visit while here for the Jazz Festival sponsored by our HdG Opera House and Arts Collective.

Preview Concert at Bahoukas by Jack Broadbent Jazz and Blues Fest Awsome accompanied by Al Peteraf , He was playing the Dulcimer that was hanging on the wall

Posted by George Bahoukas Wagner on Thursday, June 6, 2019
Jack Broadbent playing a dulcimer at Bahoukas
musical instruments available at Bahoukas Antiques
Variety of amazing string instruments at Bahoukas
Holton Trumpet by Leblanc that works - at Bahoukas
Yep, even George gives it a try! (hahaha)

You just never know what might be happening when you visit our shop. Stop in now… hey, the weather’s perfect!!! Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Jazz & Jim Beam

Welcome to the Inaugural Jazz & Blues Fest!

We have a few instruments in our store that might be worth taking a look at. But we thought it might be fun to mention our Jim Beam collection! After all, consider this quote from Eddie Condon:

While your strolling the streets and enjoying the Jazz Festival, drop in and see what we might have in our ‘collection of collections.’ For instance, our Jim Beam collectibles might be of interest.

Jim Beam Collectible Decanters and Go Withs

From the 1980 JIM BEAM Vintage Decanter Fox on a Dolphin South Florida Club Regal China to the Clown Fox Paperweight Figurine Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 1980 Regal China and more, you just might find the perfect collectible.

Jim Beam Collectible Decanters and Go Withs

Do enjoy our First Friday and our 3-day Jazz & Blues Festival. Between the exciting performances and films, be sure to stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum. You bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise #10

Pianos!?!?

Do you have a player piano? We have the music rolls!

Well… not exactly!

Looking for unusual, and often forgotten, items, we found these up on a shelf. We have quite a selection of old Player Piano Music Rolls.

First, let me explain what a player piano is. According to Wikipedia:

player piano (also known as pianola) is a self-playing piano, containing a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via pre-programmed music recorded on perforated paper, or in rare instances, metallic rolls, with more modern implementations using MIDI. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass-produced piano for the home in the late 19th and early 20th century.[1] Sales peaked in 1924, then declined as the improvement in phonograph recordings due to electrical recording methods developed in the mid-1920s. The advent of electrical amplification in home music reproduction via radio in the same period helped cause their eventual decline in popularity, and the stock market crash of 1929 virtually wiped out production.

WIKIPEDIA
How a player piano works

Now we’ll add a video to actually show you how it works. The first minute or so shows it before it’s fully repaired. About half-way through, you can see and hear it working. Pretty cool, huh?

So, what DO we do with these piano rolls?

Well, if you don’t have a player piano, you might want to consider a craft or two where these would be amazing. If you search Pinterest, you’ll find hundreds of ways to incorporate these rolls.

On the other hand, are you an artist who loves working with paper? Then you may already see a dozen uses. I’m wondering if those folks who sculpt using old books might find these of interest. Hmmmm….

CLICK HERE for just one blog post I found that’s pretty interesting. There are lots more.

If you’re still trying to picture using these rolls in a craft, view this blog post we found.

from twopurplecouches.com

Of course, now that you realize how beautiful these piano player rolls really are, you might want to stop in and grab a couple for yourself. Want a dozen or more, or even all of them, talk to George for a deal. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Edison’s Genius

Edison’s Gramophone 1912-1914

Beautiful Edison Gramophone 1912-1914

Bahoukas Antique Mall has a beautiful 1912-1914 Edison Gramophone with a selection of wax cylinders. It’s a beautiful piece. Edison had a wonderful view of the many uses that would benefit society that included dictation, recorded books for the blind, music boxes, and others.

Another view of the beautiful Edison Gramophone available at Bahoukas.

One use was to have music available for soldiers, that gave them a taste of home through familiar music. Though not considered by Edison, he welcomed the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice of American and Allied Nation’s soldiers in WWI. You can listen to Edison here:

Edison speaking public on a phonograph – 1917

Edison Invents the Phonograph 

Many of the uses Edison suggested for the phonograph have become a reality, but there were others he hadn’t imagined. For example, the phonograph allowed soldiers to take music off to war with them. In 1917, when the U.S. became involved in World War I, the Edison Company created a special model of the phonograph for the U.S. Army. This basic machine sold for $60. Many Army units purchased these phonographs because it meant a lot to the soldiers to have music to cheer them and remind them of home. This is an audio clip of Edison himself in which he expresses his pride in the soldiers and reminds Americans of the enormous sacrifice and contribution made by the other allied nations. 

from AmericasLibrary.com

Stop in soon and see this beautiful Edison Gramophone. We have others as well as newer model phonographs/record players. You do know the records are coming back – right? Well, we’ll be watchin’ for you!

Ribbons and Tuning

It’s a Wednesday Surprise

typewriter ribbons, pitch master tuning, and more in Bahoukas's Wednesday Surprise.
Typewriter ribbons, an old Pitch Master Tuning

They’re not in a Surprise Box, but it is an interesting shelf. Among the items are old typewriter ribbons and a Pitch Master Tuner. Below is a quote from an article that talks about the movie from 2012 titled “Pitch Perfect.” Yes, there are 3 movies altogether.

Pitch pipes are pitchy. Like, I don’t even know why we use pitch pipes anymore. They sound like dying cats. But we keep using them because they are classic, and at the end of the day everything about a cappella has its roots in the old school, bougie, landed gentry with matching blazers, etc.

from ThoughtCatalog.com

Do you remember being in the chorus and having someone use the tuner to get everyone on pitch and ready to sing?

Below is a unique use of the Pitch Pipe as a sound healing tool to tone the instrument of your body, mind, and spirit.

As you see, we learn a lot of things working at Bahoukas Antique Mall. We love sharing it, too. So yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Come on in and pay us a visit.

Love Drums!

This unique drum was brought to our shop recently.

Marching Snare Drum from early 1940s at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

It’s a marching snare drum from the 1940s that was used by Maurice Pippin in the Drum & Bugle Corp of Bristol, VA before WWII! It’s in good condition with 2 sets of sticks and a cloth cover. Stop in and have a look. It’s quite beautiful. Imagine the history this drum could share if it could talk. Maybe a drummer can bring out its story. Oh, and by the way, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Parades, Fireworks, 4th of July

We Celebrate America!

American flag with "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"

July 4th – America celebrates her Independence.

We honor that tradition each year with parades, fireworks, and a variety of community events. We are not perfect, but we are ever changing and growing. Lest we forget what this all stands for, enjoy this video of Johnny Cash reminding us of this “Ragged Old Flag.”

National Country Music Day

We might remind you that this is also National Country Music Day according to holidayinsights.com and to let you know that we have plenty of record albums – yep, including Country Music! If you happen to need a record player, we have a few of those, too. Since we’re celebrating “Christmas in July,” you’ll also receive 20% OFF everything throughout the month. So stop by, we’re open all day! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Do You Remember Beatlemania?

First Fridays in Havre de Grace

… mean food, shopping, meeting up with friends, games, vendors, and MUSIC!! And we have the memorabilia to add to the fun!

Beatles memorabilia at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Above are a number of fun Beatles items: a John Lennon figure, Beatles stamps, and a pink wallet and pencil case – all from the ’60s! Below are Beatles trading cards.

Beatles trading cards at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Beatlemania was the intense fan frenzy directed towards the English rock band the Beatles in the 1960s. The phenomenon began in 1963 and continued past the group’s break-up in 1970, despite the band ceasing public performances in 1966.
_from Wikipedia

So much of the music from the 1960s and 1970s is still loved today by all ages. So as you enjoy our First Friday, don’t forget to stop by Bahoukas and check out our Beatles, Elvis and more music memorabilia PLUS CDs, Records, and more. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Lovers of Classical Music

Beautifully Detailed 5″ Resin Busts

Wagner, Bach, Handel, F. Schubert, and Beethoven busts in 5" resin at Bahoukas

These 5″ resin busts would make a wonderful collection for that lover of classical music or maybe even someone who IS a classical musician! Left to right: R. Wagner, Bach, Handel, F. Schubert and Beethoven – these unique pieces are quite detailed! Have someone on your friends/family list that would truly love these? If so, stop in and browse at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace. You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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 wikipedia.org 

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.”

from Mic.com

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

Day 18 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Gifts for a Particular Year

Gift giving never has to be a challenge… instead think of it as a creative endeavor. Would a special person on your list appreciate a gift that shares some interesting history about the birth year, or the year you met, or another significant time in their lives? For instance an old magazine from their birthdate or birth year will most certainly create conversation as folks share stories that they remember.

Bianca Isofache

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Here, at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we have a number of old magazines that just might ‘fill the bill’ for that year you’re looking for. Or maybe it’s a childhood book that you find among our shelves that would be a real hit for a gift!

old Post and Life magazines at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Another unique item can be music from a given year. This, too, can bring a flurry of conversation… and quite often, dancing! And yes, we have record players if you need one!

Mr Cup / Fabien Barral

old record albums in bins from unsplash.com

Looking for a collectible plate with a certain year,

… or a toy from a particular era, or maybe a toy related to a tv show of years gone by are a few more ways a collectible can make a perfect gift. We highly recommend that if you give a collectible item to a younger person, encourage them to find the tv show, commercial, or other piece of info about the item by searching on the internet. That bridges the generations and also brings a collectible to life!

We have old board games,

…license plates, sports items including collectible cards, models and hot wheel cars, Angels of the Year figures, Barbie Dolls, and even World’s Fair memorabilia. So come on, put you’re thinking cap on and start remembering those ‘good ole days’ … because you just might find a gift that will not just be a box to unwrap, but will become the ‘life of the party’ as you all share memories – we consider this the perfect gift.

Visit our blog posts for 44 Days of Gift Giving if you need more ideas to tickle your imagination.

The countdown is on…. Christmas is definitely close… so stop in and let us help you find the perfect gift at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Day 14 – 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Black Friday and Elvis!

ELVIS memorabilia available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Rolling Stone magazine shared the following:

Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural sexuality that made him a teen idol and role model for generations of cool rebels. He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Presley signaled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. Four decades after his death, Presley’s image and influence remain undiminished. While certainly other artists preceded him to the alter of rock & roll, he is indisputably The King.

Variety of ELVIS memorabilia

We have an entire section dedicated to ELVIS – THE KING including music wind-ups, Gold Records, Whiskey Decanters, telephone, collector plates & tins, AM Radio, dolls, figurines, stamps, puzzles, and shot glasses. If you loved ELVIS, or know someone who does, we can definitely help you find the perfect gift for your or their collection! Check out this awesome youtube video …. just in case you forgot how amazing ELVIS was!

 

Here are a few more photos of a small portion of our ELVIS COLLECTIBLES available at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Stop by soon and pick up the perfect ELVIS collectible for you pleasure or to give as a gift this holiday. Don’t forget – we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 8 – Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

A Sampling of Different Ways to Listen to Music!

Different ways to listen to music - 78-33-and 45rpm vinyl records, 8-track and cassette tapes, wax cylinder record at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

In this photo we have a sampling of the many ways we’ve listened to music over 100+ years that include: vinyl records of 45 rpm, 33 rpm, and 78 rpm. The bottom right displays a cassette tape and an 8-track tape. We bet you learned how to use a pencil to rewind a tape that has gotten twisted and pulled out of its case! We also have many record players for sale. CLICK HERE for a post on record players and maybe you’d like to learn about a Caliphone.

The bottom left of the above photo is a wax cylinder record – very fragile (not for sale).

1903 Columbia AP Gramophone or amberola

In the photo above is a 1903 Columbia AP Gramophone.

Below is a larger image of the informative card in this display:

info about the 1903 Columbia AP Gramophone

CLICK HERE for a wonderful history of the Gramophone!

Nipper - the RCA Victor dog

Do you remember the name of the dog used in the RCA Victor logo?

NO? CLICK HERE for more information!

 

You many already know that Thomas Edison is known for the Blue Amberol Records. Here’s a bit of info from Wikipedia:

Blue Amberol Records was the trademark name for cylinder records manufactured by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in the US from 1912 to 1929. They replaced the 4-minute black wax Amberol cylinders introduced in 1908, which in turn replaced the 2-minute wax cylinders that had been the standard format since the late 1880s. Blue Amberols can play for as long as 4 minutes and 45 seconds and have a surface layer of the “indestructible” plastic celluloid, which Edison tinted a trademark blue color. Edison brand phonographs designed to play Amberol cylinders were named “Amberolas”.

At Bahoukas, we have some surprising finds to make it easy for you to find the perfect gift. And you have 36 days left to complete your gift-giving shopping! Hurry in … and remember, 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!

#19 Music-Music-Music

#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.

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#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!

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#2 Violin – copy of Stradivarius

Holiday Gifting #2 is perfect for the young musician on your list.

beautiful copy of a Stradivarius violin. Visit Bahoukas.

This 4/4 violin comes with bow and case. It’s a copy of the famous Stradivarius 1713 and has a label that says ‘adjusted in 2004’. It’s beautiful, covered with autographs, and might be the perfect first instrument for a musician on your list. It’s in excellent shape … well, as best as George knows (about violins). Don’t waste a minute. Stop in to look at this beautiful instrument.

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