The Dannecker family tradition with harmonicas started in 1895 in Germany with the appointment of engineer Carl Dannecker to the Hohner harmonica company. Carl then dedicated the rest of his working life to the technical development and manufacture of harmonicas. Over the years many other Dannecker family members, including Antony's father, the late great Willi Dannecker, have worked with the Hohner company and professional harmonica players right up to the present day with Antony Dannecker, professional harmonica craftsman and consultant for the Hohner company.
Antony’s harmonicas are in constant demand the world over, especially in the united states of america where the outstanding quality of his harmonicas is legendary. Every single harmonica ordered is custom hand built personally by Antony and incorporates his numerous specialist refinements guaranteeing optimum air-tightness, reed responsiveness and fine tuning to the highest degree of accuracy for which he is world famous.
Antony continues the Dannecker tradition in the technical development of new and exciting harmonica projects. The introduction of the Dannecker Blues harmonica is a representation of over 100 years of Dannecker experience and know-how and has been received with critical acclaim from top harmonica stars the world over.
Antony's latest harmonica innovation is the Dannecker Blues Optimus - an exceptionally fine blues instrument constructed entirely from solid brass. This new harp is already gaining cult status in the blues harmonica community.
Antony undertakes all repairs, renovations, servicing and customisation personally, transforming your old harp into an outstanding musical instrument.
Antony’s past and present client list includes:
- The Late Larry Adler
- Jean "Toots" Thielemans
- Charlie McCoy
- Bruce Willis
- Andy Garcia
- Sigmund Groven
- The Yardbirds
- Paul Jones
- Arlo Guthrie
- Huey "Power of Love" Lewis
- Mark Feltham ( Nine Below Zero )
- Paul Lamb ( & The Kingsnakes )
- Charlie Musselwhite
- Mike Harding
- Joe Brown
- Rolf Harris C.B.E.
- Vivian Stanshall
- Dame Evelyn Glennie O.B.E.