BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB Flash Drives, Personalized Necklaces Etsy

Illinois, United States · 320 Sales

BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB Flash Drives, Personalized Necklaces Etsy

Illinois, United States 320 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(104)

Announcement   Let me pull open the door for you a minute about why you need a FlashHarp.

It has nothing to do with bus riders and everything to do with you, you and how you deal with the people you trust the most, the people who, intentionally or not, are going to undermine your music-making adventure with subtle eyerolls and not-so-subtle digs (about "the length of your noise," for example). They're your neighbor, your parent, your friend or brother. Your sister, your uncle, your aunt or lover. They're out there and they're going to find you and when they do they're very nicely going to needle you.

That's why you need to have a way to leave them speechless, so you can continue to carry your piece in peace.

Now it's true you always have the option to just keep carrying a plain, old harmonica, like most beginners do; and in that case, you certainly won't be alone. But then, unfortunately, the likelihood is much higher that one day, all alone, you will unceremoniously succumb to the Most Haunting, Daunting Harmonica Hurdle of All:*

The ever-present temptation to accidentally lose your instrument on the bus (i.e., quit).

Fortunately, FlashHarp is full of tools to help would-be players; not the least of which is this little comeback (to be kept in your hip pocket and snapped back as a matter of fact at any random critic who, for our purposes here, I call Jack):

"Hey, Jack! Relax! It's a flash drive. (Sheesh.)"

See? The best reason to own a FlashHarp isn't its capacity to make music or store memories; it's its unique capacity to distract, by virtue of its novelty.

So take advantage of everything FlashHarp offers...

Watch the preloaded video lessons. Start playing. Practice, practice, practice. Then, relax! The day will soon come when the coolest distraction you'll be showing people won't be your quirky, handmade harmonica USB; it will be the powerful, free-wheelin' feelin' of the music you can make with it.

You can do it!

(But don't play on the bus—I don't care how good you get, that's just asking for it.)

Watch my Demo of FlashHarp's Great Sound: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand/About Patented. Playable. High Quality. Handmade by me in U.S.A. with custom-U.S.-made and imported parts. Lesson-Loaded. Add your own pics, videos and documents. 5☆ Fun!

Considering FlashHarp as a gift? (Recipients love it to distraction.) See Feedback: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand#reviews

TWO OF 10 VIDEO LESSONS INCLUDED ON FLASHHARP:
Rock A Bye, Baby (in "straight" harp): www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
Happy Birthday to You (in "cross"harp): www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about

Dimensions (in inches) with USB cap on:
Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆

Every FlashHarp includes:
• My folksy 10-minute instruction video, "Five Basic Steps to Playing"
• PLASTIC CAP for USB plug
• HARD PLASTIC BOX that provides access to USB

Striving for single notes? Check out The Musical Combo: www.etsy.com/listing/55473256

For Necklace and/or Personalization see left sidebar below:
• 32-character maximum on Personalization text
• Necklace adds ¼"L (so comes in different box)

Buy now: www.etsy.com/listing/463719951

How do straight & crossharp differ? FAQ#9: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand#more-section
Who am I? www.etsy.com/people/BackyardBrand
*What experts say about unhealthy learning: youtu.be/xpyxJVsGZyA

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 20, 2016

Let me pull open the door for you a minute about why you need a FlashHarp.

It has nothing to do with bus riders and everything to do with you, you and how you deal with the people you trust the most, the people who, intentionally or not, are going to undermine your music-making adventure with subtle eyerolls and not-so-subtle digs (about "the length of your noise," for example). They're your neighbor, your parent, your friend or brother. Your sister, your uncle, your aunt or lover. They're out there and they're going to find you and when they do they're very nicely going to needle you.

That's why you need to have a way to leave them speechless, so you can continue to carry your piece in peace.

Now it's true you always have the option to just keep carrying a plain, old harmonica, like most beginners do; and in that case, you certainly won't be alone. But then, unfortunately, the likelihood is much higher that one day, all alone, you will unceremoniously succumb to the Most Haunting, Daunting Harmonica Hurdle of All:*

The ever-present temptation to accidentally lose your instrument on the bus (i.e., quit).

Fortunately, FlashHarp is full of tools to help would-be players; not the least of which is this little comeback (to be kept in your hip pocket and snapped back as a matter of fact at any random critic who, for our purposes here, I call Jack):

"Hey, Jack! Relax! It's a flash drive. (Sheesh.)"

See? The best reason to own a FlashHarp isn't its capacity to make music or store memories; it's its unique capacity to distract, by virtue of its novelty.

So take advantage of everything FlashHarp offers...

Watch the preloaded video lessons. Start playing. Practice, practice, practice. Then, relax! The day will soon come when the coolest distraction you'll be showing people won't be your quirky, handmade harmonica USB; it will be the powerful, free-wheelin' feelin' of the music you can make with it.

You can do it!

(But don't play on the bus—I don't care how good you get, that's just asking for it.)

Watch my Demo of FlashHarp's Great Sound: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand/About Patented. Playable. High Quality. Handmade by me in U.S.A. with custom-U.S.-made and imported parts. Lesson-Loaded. Add your own pics, videos and documents. 5☆ Fun!

Considering FlashHarp as a gift? (Recipients love it to distraction.) See Feedback: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand#reviews

TWO OF 10 VIDEO LESSONS INCLUDED ON FLASHHARP:
Rock A Bye, Baby (in "straight" harp): www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
Happy Birthday to You (in "cross"harp): www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about

Dimensions (in inches) with USB cap on:
Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆

Every FlashHarp includes:
• My folksy 10-minute instruction video, "Five Basic Steps to Playing"
• PLASTIC CAP for USB plug
• HARD PLASTIC BOX that provides access to USB

Striving for single notes? Check out The Musical Combo: www.etsy.com/listing/55473256

For Necklace and/or Personalization see left sidebar below:
• 32-character maximum on Personalization text
• Necklace adds ¼"L (so comes in different box)

Buy now: www.etsy.com/listing/463719951

How do straight & crossharp differ? FAQ#9: www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand#more-section
Who am I? www.etsy.com/people/BackyardBrand
*What experts say about unhealthy learning: youtu.be/xpyxJVsGZyA

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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arlenplath

arlenplath on Jun 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I just received my FlashHarp necklace in the mail and rushed to review it shortly after fiddling with it a bit. This is a very fun item, and I'm so happy I bought it. I feel like the FlashHarp could've been invented to suit me! I'm a graphic designer who loves to play harmonica (though my playing ability is questionable.) I was searching Etsy for fashionable flash-drive necklaces so I can always have one handy while working, saw this and just knew I had to put aside a bit of $$ to purchase it! A while back, my little sister gifted me a miniature harmonica necklace that I love very much, but its primary purpose was fashion. This is like a step up from something I already loved so much -- it's playable and a flash drive! A+ from me! :D

Юлия Зет

Юлия Зет on May 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My order came quickly, packed carefully, very beautiful thing! I liked very much. Many thanks! / Мой заказ пришёл быстро, аккуратно запакованный, очень красивая вещь! Очень понравилось. Большое спасибо!

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Click orange arrow above to demo FlashHarp's excellent sound quality (me playing "Summertime").

Here's me playing "Careless Love" in crossharp: http://etsy.me/1QZvjYL

What does 100% 5★ feedback look like? www.etsy.com/your/shops/BackyardBrand/reviews

Can one play crossharp on a FlashHarp? Yes!

Here's an original work of historical harmonica fiction:
www.etsy.com/listing/273512590/champion-bookmy-fictional-telling-of

My harmonica-plate-covered poetry chapbook is very unusual.
www.etsy.com/listing/76418587/original-poem-chapbook

Looking for something soulful?
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Check out my Monet eBook for Sellers.
www.etsy.com/listing/160879274

Got a memory that like Lincoln, "belongs to the ages?"
Want to release your own harmonica howl for freedom?
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  • Jim McLean

    Owner, And Real Darn Tootin', Harmonica-Hootin', Handmaker Of The FlashHarp®

    Folks who know me well'll tell Backyard Blowin' ain't all I sell. Make it myself one at a time. Plays too—it's one of a kind. Video lessons right inside—sweet lil' harp 'n I ain't lyin'. Want one of these? Come see me for my FlashHarp® Harmonica USB.

  • Joey

    My Boyhood Blood Brother

    The "F" in FlashHarp reminds me of 6th-grade English when to avoid memorizing the Gettysburg Address Joey ran a secret cable from his ear through his coat to a cassette player in the desk. His life embodied the notion that you can, too, just be you.

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    Life Coach

    Monet's lesson resonates via the aesthetic he created, the power of which is evidenced by the monetary value his art now commands. Most important, Monet opens the door for us to see reality as we see fit instead of how our critics dictate we see it.

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    Who Herself Was A Memorable Captivator Too

    Before she flew away around a curve of hope that I so slipperily beheld in a rainbow, I stitched my Eternal Maternal this: “Mom, when God made you, God made you of love. What was left over, God made butterflies of.”

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  • Custom metal-parts engineer & maker

    United States

    Under my direction makes FlashHarp's custom-tooled and -made cover plates.

  • Personalization engraver

    United States

    Personalization engraver

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Last updated on Jul 8, 2016
Frequently asked questions

"What's a FlashHarp (and what are its specs)?"

• A patented 8GB flash drive (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Includes 5-step lesson & 9 videos www.etsy.com/listing/61524612
• A great-sounding, playable little harmonica
• A personalizable accessory
• A 26" - 29" necklace (necklace items only)
• A geeky, musical marriage of convenience and soul
• A unique gift and fun conversation piece
• A hi-tech hunk of real harmonicana
• A collectible

Specs:
- Full compatibility with USB 1.1 and 2.0
- Dual Channel Flash Memory Architecture
- Hot plug and play; functions like another hard drive
- Supports password protection
- No driver needed (Windows 98SE driver available)
Dimensions (in inches):
With USB cap on, out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆

"What's a FlashHarp do?"

• Integrates a harmonica and a flash drive in one
• Stores data such as pics, tunes, videos, just like ordinary flash drives
• Makes great-sounding music
• Makes a fun gift
• Looks fabulous (stainless steel, brass and black)
• Imparts the feeling of a musician carrying an ax to a gig
• Deflects any shaming of your playing ("Hey, it's just a flash drive—chill!"). And even if you stop playing for a while (it happens) should the urge to start playing again strike—which is a lot more likely with a FlashHarp since the USB gives you a reason to keep carrying it—well, I say go for it!

"What DOESN'T FlashHarp do?"

• End up in the back of a drawer like plain, old harmonicas
• Leave you with the vacuous vibe of ordinary flash drives
• Start playing when you plug it in (that's a techy taboo)
• Record audio (there's no mic built-into the FlashHarp)
• Require you to bend or play single notes (but you can if you want to!)

The important thing is setting free the musical spirit inside you. The harmonica has always been a great tool for that. It was good enough for Abe Lincoln—http://bit.ly/109ch1g—so it's good enough for me!

"Is FlashHarp Handmade?"

Yes!

The memory and musical workings are imported and supplied to me brand-new by market leaders. Additional custom-designed and -tooled parts are made just for me here in the state of Illinois, U.S.A. I carefully combine everything by hand so it all coexists peacefully. My video lesson and playalong songs, which demystify the obstacles that often trip folks up, are my finishing touch on a digital device with a hobo soul.

"What does the Press say about FlashHarp?"

INDIE ARTISTS ALLIANCE: "one of the coolest inventions that we have ever seen combining music and technology." indieartistsalliance.com/2011/04/flashharp/

GIZMODO: "4GBs of musical goodness." gizmodo.com/5397374/instructions-on-playing-the-flashharp-harmonica-usb-drive-come-included

DudeIWantThat: "You might find other USB storage sticks as portable and artful, but this is the only one with the added entrepreneurial potential to score you some beer money." dudeiwantthat.com/gear/music/4gb-flash-drive-harmonica.asp

HGTV: "FlashHarp has the mini mojo to be your main flash drive." marketplace.hgtv.com/Product.aspx?Lid=4145-10110940

Or Google FlashHarp, Harmonica USB or Backyard Harmonica Teacher.

"Why buy a FlashHarp instead of a plain, old harmonica?"

Buy an old-fashioned harmonica and you'll soon feel bound to the tastes of a bunch of honchos in biker garb and mirror sunglasses. By providing utility, FlashHarp slips the harmonica out of the clutches of these elitists and puts its freewheelin' feelin' back where it was when the harmonica was the instrument of choice for cowboys and "hands" of all kinds—including the likes of you. Which is where it belongs.

Now you're free to plug-into the same spirit the early pioneers enjoyed, before the harmonica got put up on its all-too-serious pedestal. So you explore playing in a sort of hi-tech hobo "campground" where no one judges you.

Check out the big backyard of BackyardBrand here: http://bit.ly/vPqaY2

"Who makes the FlashHarp?"

I do. I build it in the National Historic Landmark village of Riverside, Illinois, http://vimeo.com/75615729 which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, same designer of New York City's Central Park.

The country in which Illinois is situated, U.S.A., sprang from the imaginations of its forefolk. Their attempts to make "a more perfect union" proved a work still in progress in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln, our first poet president and Illinois' favorite son, penned the Emancipation Proclamation: http://1.usa.gov/xEcZ7F This was the precise date the first harmonicas started arriving in the U.S.

Some even say the harmonica was one of Lincoln's favorite things. http://bit.ly/109ch1g

"Who is FlashHarp for?"

That's for you to say but I think Abe Lincoln would have loved it! After all, Lincoln's stovepipe hat was no style statement—it was a stash for notes on everything from the Gettysburg Address to his patent for a barge-sized buoy. Who couldn't use more room for cool data like that? (Call it your "Plan B.B.")

I'll say this. Unlike harmonica hopefuls who carry a harmonica briefly then accidentally lose it one day on the bus, FlashHarp owners have reason to keep carrying the FlashHarp even if they never master playing (plus it helps overcome those too-hi expectation blues!).

Buy a FlashHarp today and get the same happiness Lincoln got from playing purely for fun! www.etsy.com/listing/37438292

"What's crossharp? What's straight harp? Can I play single notes?"

More about sucking than blowing, crossharp (blues) really crosses up beginners because it makes the 2 "draw" (and 3, 6 and 9 "blows") the tonal center. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13493203

Straight harp keeps the tonal center the 1, 4, 7, 10 "blows." It's how Billy Joel is blowing on "Piano Man." Acquiring do-ra-mi familiarity in the straight key is a necessary first step for any harmonica player. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13498720

If you know how to play single notes, you know it's like riding a bike—and your skill will easily transfer to a FlashHarp. If you've yet to master single notes and want to, I offer this: www.etsy.com/listing/55473256

"What do I do if I want to return my FlashHarp?"

1) DO NOT SEPARATE THE BOX HALVES. Returns are not accepted for FlashHarps whose box label-seal is not intact—so-called "Intimate items" that may have made contact with someone's lips. (See Policies.)

2) STATE TO ME IN A CONVO THAT THE BOX LABEL-SEAL IS INTACT AND ITEM IS UNUSED. I'll provide a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number.

3) WRITE RMA# CLEARLY ON OUTSIDE OF RETURN SHIPPING BOX. Refunds do not include the cost of shipping and are issued after received goods are confirmed unused. Cost to return to Buyer any goods I find unrefundable will be paid by the Buyer, in advance.