Hello, Lightnin' Harpists.
Here's the information on the Hering Richard Smith HarmonicaSolutions electric harmonicas, listed in the 2002 Hering products catalog.
These are real harmonicas, with microphone inserted in the harp comb. There is a Chromatic version and a diatonic version.
This may not interest Xcer. Apparently, he is designing and building a new and unique electric harmonica.
This is basically a Hering Velvet Voice slide Chromatic electric harp, product #EC-48 Electrachrom, with "antique gold" covers, 12 holes, 48 reeds, solo system. It has a mini-jack connection direct into the instrument, may be used with any guitar effects pedals, with a belt-mounted volume control, replaceable reed plates, Harp keys of A,Bb,B,C,D,E,F,G are available. With this system, background sounds are eliminated.
This is an electric diatonic 10-hole Richter system harp, product #LH-20.1 black plastic body, chrome covers: and 5 other varieties of comb colors and covers'colors, with the same akooter-mints as the Chromatic model (see above).
LH-20.2 white comb, matte black covers; LH-20.3 yellow comb, yellow covers; LH-20.4 red comb, red covers; LH-20.5 blue comb, matte gray covers; LH-20.6 amber comb, matte gray covers. It appears in the catalog listing that these covers may be aluminum, with various translucent colors added.
Hering makes high quality products. I don't know if these harps are available today.
The Hering company is difficult to do business with, at least in the USA. They speak Portugese, we speak English. The Hering company's headquarters are in Blumenau, Brasil.