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NIU helps revolutionize harmonicas

September 20, 2010
Humming to His Own Tune

A story in Business Assets Magazine has high praise for the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Brad Harris of Rockford is rocking the harmonica industry to its bluesy foundations – with some help from NIU.

Harris, the owner, founder and chief technician at Harrison Harmonicas, has “harp” players from Mick Jagger to Bruce Willis clamoring for his B-Radical harmonica.

Manufacturing improvements facilitated by the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology are helping him fill those orders.

The story is featured in the latest edition of Business Assets Magazine.

The team at NIU helped him design and engineer the only machine in the world that will mill a harmonica reed lengthwise – a key element to Harrison’s design.