F.A. Bohm “Triller” harmonica

The Bohm “Triller” harmoncia must have been manufactured around 1898.
That is the year the patent #100650 was granted.

Bohm “Triller” from 1898, part of my collection

The “Triller” is not a chromatic harmonica per se but the slider mechanism is
similar to the one used in early chromatic harmonicas.
A similar slider was used for the Hohner “Up To Date” which came out the same year.

Slider in basic position and pushed in


The slide used for the “Triller” just creates some trill sound effects.

Paling’s music store bulletin from 1899 advertising the “Triller”, courtesy of Phil Sheppard (Shep)
Pushing the the slide in and out creates some sound effects

The principle idea of the slider and sound effect is similar to the one used for the “Meine Mandoline” harmonica (scroll to the bottom of the page), also manufactured by Bohm.

7 thoughts on “F.A. Bohm “Triller” harmonica

  1. Wow…1898 was a very long time ago.

    On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 12:46 PM Chromatic Harmonica History wrote:

    > M.A. Weber posted: ” The Bohm “Triller” harmoncia must have been > manufactured around 1898.That is the year the patent #100650 was granted. > Bohm “Triller” from 1898, part of my collection The “Triller” is not a > chromatic harmonica per se but the slider mechanism is sim” >

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  2. Hello, M.A. Weber. First, let me congratulate you, on your detailed history of slide chromatic harmonicas. Thanks for the information provided by your research.

    In “Collectable Harmonicas”, volume 1, Issue 1, published by The Trumpet Call, quarterly newsletter of the Harmonica Club International; P.O. Box 6081 (1999 edition), Chesterfield, MO 63006-6081; in the hand-sized (4.25″ X 3.75″) hand booklet, the catalog Sacramento Triller is located on page 13, as introduced in 1903.

    The booklet , by Richard I. Smith, has an illustration, not a photograph, of the catalog #212 Sacramento Triller, but doesn’t list the manufacturer. It’s a guess that it’s a Seydel product,
    but that hasn’t been confirmed. It’s dscribed as “10 single mouthpiece holes, 20 reeds, nickel
    covers with patented slide for trilling, made in Germany”.

    It’s slide mechanism and mouthpiece look similar or the same as your photo of the F.A. Bohm’s
    “The Triller” of 1898. I have never seen the Sacramento Triller harp, just the illustration. It sold at
    $35 (?) for a dozen.

    That’s all of the information that I have. Thanks for all of your research.

    Best Regards, Stay Healthy

    John Broecker
    Sussex, Wisconsin, USA

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    1. Hi John, thanks for your response and info. Harland Crain was the author of “The Trumpet Call”. Unfortunately, I don’t have the issue you are referring to. I will ask Harland. The way you describe it, it is very likely that the “Triller” is the same instrument as the “Sacramento Triller”. Maybe Bohm renamed it for the American market to make it sound more interesting.

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