As confirmed in the
letter shown on the main page from 1914-1921 and 1938-1952 (see
email below regarding WWII) Thorens made harmonicas.
Tremolos, octave harps, 10-hole Richter diatonics, 10-hole and
12-hole slide chromatics, and four-key tremolo harps.
I also received an
email to say that the Gretsch (guitar and drum firm) Chromatic
#235 Harmonica was made by Thorens.
Advert from the Bend Bulletin,
February 4, 1947 pg. 4.t
This is an ebay purchase from 2008.
I received the following email:
Enjoying your Thorens website.
Did you know that Thorens manufactured plastic 10-hole
harmonicas during WWII?
I owned and played them during the time when The “Unpleasantness”
of Hohner harmonicas. I was but 9-years-old at
the time, but the memory of Thorens plastic
instruments is treasured.
famous player, Bernie Bray endorsed Thorens
harmonicas in Toronto in
late 40's. A Thorens flier
in Switzerland in 1949, which includes
instructions, was titled, "It's Easy To Play The Bernie Bray
Doug Dawson of Canada is a harmonica
collector and in 2014 sent this picture of part of his