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April 12, 2016 at 9:26 am #3024AnonymousInactive
I’d appreciate your suggestions on good harmonicas. I’m at the point of upgrading or changing to a more responsive harmonica! What’s your suggestion? Some of the harmonicas I’ve checked out have “vent-like” open ends on the top reed plate, some have the channel/holes different sizes and/or shapes and over all dimensions are different. I’ve playing the Hohner Special 20 harmonicas in different keys. The new Hohner Progressive Special 20 harmonica isn’t made, as well as, my older ones. I had to tweak it quite a lot! I’m considering making a change!
Your comments and or suggestions are always welcomed. Thank you,
LarryGApril 13, 2016 at 3:54 am #3034Mitch GraingerKeymaster
I’m still using predominantly Hohner special 20’s and I am still happy, though I too have seen a slight loss in workmanship over the years. Alas, like too many things these days, they don’t make them like they used too. In hohner’s case, I believe they have gone away from hand tuning, to machine operated tuning.
I’m at the point now where I’m considering reaching out to some different manufacturers for samples to review, both for members and myself. Once I get off this current tour, I will do that and let you know how I go.
In the meantime, I can’t talk specific models, but a suzuki or seydel would be worth a try.
MgApril 13, 2016 at 5:57 am #3037AnonymousInactive
Good Morning, Mitch:
Thank you, for the quick reply, I appreciate your taking the time, when your time is limited on tour. I did purchase a few new harmonicas, after I wrote to you and will just touch on some of my findings, for your edification and/or comments.
I purchased two Suzuki harmonicas, the a Manji M20 and a HarpMaster in C. I also purchased one Seydel in C. The Suzuki harmonicas had to be “tweaked, because the Gap, for my playing was too wide, especially the #2 and #3 channels/holes I don’t play loud or hard! the overall response was much better!
The Seydel has a different softer tone, but no tweaking at this time. I have to play it for awhile and determine, if it should be tweaked, for my playing style. The feel, weight and physical dimensions of the Seydel were very nice, once you get used to the slight dimensional difference, compared to the Hohner Special 20, which has been my favorite harmonica for years.
I don’t prefer the fluted vents, on the top reed cover plates, of the Suzuki Manji M20. No vents on the top reed cover plate of the HarpMaster harmonica, but that’s just my opinion! It seems the Manji M20 is more for the hard, loud player. the HarpMaster was more to my likeing. The Suzuki harmonicas are very critical to over playing or it will “choke!, at least for my playing and it did require precise playing, brilliant sounding harmonica, but nice!
Mitch, the above evaluation, is just in “my humble opinion.” “Have a great day and tour…You deserve it”
Have a great tour and the day…You really deserve it”May 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm #3326IanMember
Personally I’m a fan of tin sandwich construction. Top of the list being the seydel 1847 classic and the hohner crossover and deluxe.
I use the seydel for amplified because it’s not vented and I get a better cup, then the hohners for acoustic.May 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm #3332AnonymousInactive
Thank you the reply. I actually recently bought the Seydel Harmonica 1847 Silver, because of the polymer comb. One thing I noticed, is the body of the harmonicas are slightly larger in width and height, but once I got used to the Seydel, I love them.
I also have the Hohner Crossover, but I had to do some reed work and now it’s golden! I usually buy the new harmonicas in the key of C, then when I’m sure which harmonica manufacture, I like, I’ll buy the other most played keys.
LarryGMay 19, 2016 at 8:11 pm #3334Mitch GraingerKeymaster
I like this conversation, keep it coming, and as I mentioned above I hope to join in soon, once i have tried some different harps out.
Meantime, LarryG.. check who your talking too. That was Ian giving you that nice feedback, not me!
MgJune 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm #3469AnonymousInactive
i’m really new to harmonicas and don’t know all the shop talk. What would ya’ll recommend for a beginner with a small income?June 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm #3475AnonymousInactive
anyone have any experience with a Lee Oskar Harmonica Major Diatonic (1910). Are they any good to learn with?June 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm #3491AnonymousInactive
Never mind me asking about the Lee Oskar, I went ahead and order a Hohner special 20 key of C.
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