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  • #12231

    Hello everybody,
    I have been practicing on a cheep Harmonica for the last couple of months and i am wanting to buy a new harmonica worth a little bit more. Any suggestions for a C harmonica that will be good for country style songs. Budget around 60 euro.

    kind regards,

    Maurice

    #12233
    Mitch Grainger
    Mitch Grainger
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    Hi Maurice,

    There are quite a few good harmonicas for that price, but to keep things simple I suggest a Hohner Special 20. That’s what I use! πŸ™‚

    Mg

    #12237

    Cheers Mitch i appreciate the reply.

    #12266
    Ian
    Ian
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    There are loads of great harps for 60 euros. Mitchs suggestion is great, you won’t go wrong with a special 20.
    Really any 10 hole diatonic of over 30 or 40 euros is going to be good enough.
    After a while you will undoubtedly get the urge to try others… Its an addiction!

    #12279
    Henk
    Henk
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    Oh yes Ian it really is an addiction πŸ˜‰
    Feeling how each of them play and sound, wood comb, plastic comb, bamboo comb, etc ….. steel reeds, brass reeds, open back coverplates and so on ☺️

    However at first it all comes back to how we the player know how to play the instrument, so we have to get the technical ability behind it.

    #12283

    Mark Nolan
    Participant

    I “accidentally” acquired a couple of harmonicas to play with. The one I do most of my practicing on is a special 20. I find it fairly solid. I’m also finding it the easiest (personally) to try and learn bending on.

    #12414

    Asje Palland
    Participant

    Hello Mitch
    I am using a Seydel Session steel. I am satisfied with the lower and middle tones, but the higher tones sound terrible.
    I m looking for a harmonica that does not have this problem, plays easy with a good volume and is also easy to learn bending on.
    What would your suggestion be?
    Thank you
    Asje

    #12424
    Mitch Grainger
    Mitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi Asje,

    The Session Steel is a good harmonica, so I’m surprised you say it is no good up top. What Key harmonica do you have?

    Make sure it’s in C major as those high notes can be shrill on the higher key harmonicas (on any brand).

    And/or try a Hohner Special 20.

    Mg

    #12706
    Twigslet
    Twigslet
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    Hi, I purchased my harmonica online prior to joining your course and as it was only an idea then and I paid pennies for it, thinking it might only be a silly phase I was going through.

    Since joining last week I have been practising around 3 and 4 times a day. When I sit down, I automatically pick Manonia up and begin playing. I won’t say it’s easy as there are times when I keep checking i’m doing it right ir, train trax Especially when speeding up, I completely lose the rhythm altogether but practice regardless. I would like to purchase a proper harmonica despite being aware this is still early days? Amazon have a Hohner 560BF Special 20 would this be okay? or there is the Bob Dylan I could buy but certainly more expensive. I’m not sure which would be best.

    Strange having never tried or held a harmonica before,re: cleaning, I have just been tapping it on my jeans…

    Thank goodness you have this forum.

    Twigslet

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Twigslet Twigslet.
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    Mitch Grainger
    Mitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi Twigslet,

    I saw your other posts. I am sorry about the confusion there. In the meantime, I can highly recommend the Hohner Special 20. There’s no need to spend the extra $ the special 20 is a great harp and I use them myself! πŸ™‚

    Cheers!
    Mg

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