Moody, a fine musician and leader of the Federal Broadcasting Orchestra, was also an outstanding composer (Toledo, Suite From Other Days, etc.) and a link was established when he explained he'd played piano, accompanying British Harmonica star Tommy Reilly for several years.
It was Moody who remarked: "You play like a person from an other planet."
Franz began developing his own remarkable and unique sound, a sound which had never before been achieved on a harmonica. Considering the then lack of technical knowledge and the limitations of the instrument. This was an enormous advance.
He began producing his vibrato using his tongue instead of following other major players, who used their hands. He also began playing enormously challenging pieces which harmonica experts of the times never believed possible, earning for himself a reputation as the revolutionary of the classical Chromatic harmonica.
During this period he began exercising rigorously, practicing up to 4 hours a day, as well as fufilling his duties at the Railroad Company.