BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB—Personalize—Music Fest Thumb Ring—Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois · 337 Sales

BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB—Personalize—Music Fest Thumb Ring—Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois 337 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(106)

Announcement   Special Offer:
Buy a lesson-loaded FlashHarp® www.etsy.com/listing/55443461 and for an unlimited time get good good, good good vibrations. (I'm talkin' 'bout excitAtions.)

FLASHHARP IS AN AMAZING-SOUNDING MINI HARMONICA AND 8GB USB DRIVE IN ONE...
• Handmade by me of U.S.-made and imported parts
• Patented (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Demo ☝︎ at “About” page
• Add Necklace, Personalization (32-character limit) and/or "The Musical Combo" (if you want a full-sized instrument, too)

10 VIDEO LESSONS COME ON EVERY FLASHHARP (add your own files too):
• My folksy, 10-minute "Five Basic Steps to Playing" lesson PLUS...
• 9 "Play-Along Songs" (arrows ⬆⬇➡ show which holes to blow, draw or bend as tune plays)

PLAY-ALONG SONGS ARE IN TWO STYLES* (first items below demo each style).
STRAIGHTHARP:
• "Rock A Bye, Baby" www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
• "Red River Valley" www.etsy.com/listing/106296546/red-river-valley
• "Mary Had A Little Lamb" www.etsy.com/listing/106144466/mary-had
CROSSHARP:
• "Happy Birthday to You" www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about
• "Shortnin' Bread" www.etsy.com/listing/106143471/shortnin-bread
• "Deep River Blues" www.etsy.com/listing/106142442/deep-river-blues
• "Careless Love" www.etsy.com/listing/106143159/careless-love
• "Little Drummer Boy"
• "Auld Lange Syne"
*What's "crossharp" or "straightharp?" Visit ☝︎"More" (FAQ#9)

CUSTOMIZED BOX ENABLES USB-PLUG-IN-ABILITY WHEN STILL IN BOX.
Dimensions (in inches) with included USB cap on:
• In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆
• Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
• Necklace FlashHarp measures ¼-inch longer so box is different

ONLY AVAILABLE AT BACKYARDBRAND.ETSY.COM
• You don't need an Etsy account to buy from my store
• I pack in excelsior straw and ship all items myself
• Masthead at top features actual Buyer feedback

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T CLICK AWAY—TAKE THE NEXT STEP
• Go to Special of the Day: www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

Announcement

Last updated on May 24, 2017

Special Offer:
Buy a lesson-loaded FlashHarp® www.etsy.com/listing/55443461 and for an unlimited time get good good, good good vibrations. (I'm talkin' 'bout excitAtions.)

FLASHHARP IS AN AMAZING-SOUNDING MINI HARMONICA AND 8GB USB DRIVE IN ONE...
• Handmade by me of U.S.-made and imported parts
• Patented (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Demo ☝︎ at “About” page
• Add Necklace, Personalization (32-character limit) and/or "The Musical Combo" (if you want a full-sized instrument, too)

10 VIDEO LESSONS COME ON EVERY FLASHHARP (add your own files too):
• My folksy, 10-minute "Five Basic Steps to Playing" lesson PLUS...
• 9 "Play-Along Songs" (arrows ⬆⬇➡ show which holes to blow, draw or bend as tune plays)

PLAY-ALONG SONGS ARE IN TWO STYLES* (first items below demo each style).
STRAIGHTHARP:
• "Rock A Bye, Baby" www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
• "Red River Valley" www.etsy.com/listing/106296546/red-river-valley
• "Mary Had A Little Lamb" www.etsy.com/listing/106144466/mary-had
CROSSHARP:
• "Happy Birthday to You" www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about
• "Shortnin' Bread" www.etsy.com/listing/106143471/shortnin-bread
• "Deep River Blues" www.etsy.com/listing/106142442/deep-river-blues
• "Careless Love" www.etsy.com/listing/106143159/careless-love
• "Little Drummer Boy"
• "Auld Lange Syne"
*What's "crossharp" or "straightharp?" Visit ☝︎"More" (FAQ#9)

CUSTOMIZED BOX ENABLES USB-PLUG-IN-ABILITY WHEN STILL IN BOX.
Dimensions (in inches) with included USB cap on:
• In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆
• Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
• Necklace FlashHarp measures ¼-inch longer so box is different

ONLY AVAILABLE AT BACKYARDBRAND.ETSY.COM
• You don't need an Etsy account to buy from my store
• I pack in excelsior straw and ship all items myself
• Masthead at top features actual Buyer feedback

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T CLICK AWAY—TAKE THE NEXT STEP
• Go to Special of the Day: www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

Jim McLean

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Jim McLean

Personalized 8GB Play Harmonica Kit
$54.95
Personalized 8GB FlashHarp USB w Lesson
$44.95
Red River Valley Harmonica Song Lesson Video
$5.00
Careless Love Crossharp Video
$5.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(106)
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

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I love the State of Illinois, and I love the harmonica. But even more, I love Illinois' favorite son, blues harmonica headliner, the one and only late, great, Abraham Lincoln. Mr. President, you'll always have a place on my Etsy pages!

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About

Click orange arrow (over me in my old orange hat) to demo FlashHarp's excellent sound quality (me playing "Summertime").

Looking for something soulful?
www.etsy.com/listing/61524612

How about something useful?
www.etsy.com/listing/61524612

How about something both?
www.etsy.com/listing/61524612

Here's an original work of historical harmonica fiction:
www.etsy.com/listing/273512590/champion-book-fiction-about-who-first

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?
www.etsy.com/listing/61524612

My harmonica-plate thumb ring is very unusual.
www.etsy.com/listing/46166888/music-fest-thumb-ring-repurposed-from

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

Can one play crossharp on a FlashHarp? Yes!

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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.

  • C. Monet

    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.

  • Wingèd One Who I Hardly Knew

    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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    United States

    Personalization engraver

  • Custom metal-parts engineer & maker

    United States

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

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Last updated on May 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions

FAQ#1: "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

FAQ#2: "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!

FAQ#3: "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!

FAQ#4: "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.

FAQ#5: "Where is FlashHarp handmade?"

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, whose attempts to make "a more perfect union" proved a work still in progress in 1862 when the first harmonicas started arriving from Germany. This was the precise date Abraham Lincoln—our first poet president, our first patent-holding president, and, Illinois' favorite son—penned the Emancipation Proclamation: http://1.usa.gov/xEcZ7F Lincoln defines Illinois' sense of place and some say the harmonica was one of his favorite things. http://bit.ly/109ch1g

FAQ#6: "What do people say about FlashHarp players?"

People are less critical of FlashHarpers' playing ability because the novelty aspect of the instrument distracts the watchdog critic's mind (the undoing of most beginners). This diversion is supported by the wildly positive reactions FlashHarp elicits, such as "Wow!" "Freaking cool!" "Fantastic!" "Genius!" "Love it!"

Also, quitting the instrument for a while—it happens—never feels like failing on FlashHarp since it stays useful; many even regard its players as possessing a kind of stick-to-it-iveness that borders on sheer, cockeyed enthusiasm.

FlashHarp is the only playable harmonica that's also a USB flash drive. It's a great sounding little harmonica to boot, as the video of me playing "Summertime" on my "About" page demonstrates.

FAQ#7: "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.

FAQ#8: "Why buy a FlashHarp instead of a plain, old-fashioned 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, imho.

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 can explore playing more safely—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

FAQ#9: "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

FAQ#10: "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.