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  • #12231
    Avatarmaurice kehoe
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    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 GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    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
    Avatarmaurice kehoe
    Participant

    Cheers Mitch i appreciate the reply.

    #12266
    IanIan
    Member

    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
    HenkHenk
    Participant

    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
    AvatarMark Nolan
    Member

    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
    AvatarAsje 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 GraingerMitch 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
    TwigsletTwigslet
    Participant

    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 1 year, 6 months ago by TwigsletTwigslet.
    #12720
    Mitch GraingerMitch 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

    #13504
    AvatarBRUCE BAUMBERGER
    Participant

    I am learning on a Lee Oskar. The price was more than my initial harp, but the quality is much better. One thing I noticed, though, the L.O. has larger holes which seem to fit my pucker better. My pucker is close to how I pucker to whistle. However, please take this with a grain of salt. I am very much in the early learning stage…still trying to get a good grip on draw bending. Hope this is helpful in some degree.

    #13575
    Avatarjohn brusc
    Member

    Hello everyone , I am a new member and new to harmonics . I got a seydel silver “paddy C ” at a good price to learn ! Is the paddy tune ok ?? Thank_you ..Enjoy all .. Johnnycat57

    #13583
    Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi John,

    The paddy tuned harp is not the best to learn on as a beginner. It has a different (non standard) tuning. However, once you have completed my advanced course you will have the musical knowledge to understand how to use this harmonica really well, so don’t throw it away!!

    Mg

    #14063

    Hello sir very good mornig to you.
    I have been listening to your videos was really nice.
    Before joint this website and youtube I brought a Csharp 24 hole tremlo harmonica. Should continue with that or should I buy a new one 10 hole?.
    Thank you

    #14064

    Hello sir very good mornig to you.
    I have been listening to your videos was really nice.
    Before joining this website and youtube I brought a Csharp 24 hole tremlo harmonica. Should I continue with that or should I buy a new one 10 hole?.
    Thank you

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