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Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:46 am
by jbone1
my first suzuki was actually a Pure harp. beautiful and warm sounding but at $97, it would be impossible for me to have even a partial set! i had a promaster in B a long time ago and never used it, ended up giving it away to a friend whose band did stuff in F#.

i am noticing a bit of reed fatigue in my manji D harp. i expect some cleaning is required, or possibly a slight reed tweak. as much use as that harp has gotten it's understandable, and most other D's i've used last half as long.

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:51 pm
by fevbusch
The Manji harp is a nice instrument, I have it in two keys, but I do prefer my special 20 Hohner. I play every day and I switch off between the
two because I like the way both of them sound. I tend to play the Manji softly because it is easy to over blow it.
The special 20, though is made to play loud and with its marine band pedigree it has a very fine harmonica sound.
I'm waiting on a big river hohner I just ordered because I heard so much about it. Anybody here like the big River.
Oh, I also have several Lee Oskars but I find them to be a little shrill. I prefer the manji's over the LO's.
Freddy

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:44 am
by dcblues
I now have three Manjis, and I just ordered a fourth (a Bb, which I should get soon. I'll need it for an out of town festival gig this weekend.)

Great harps. Every time one of my main gigging harps (mostly Marine Bands) gets beyond repair (well, beyond my meager repair skills) I replace it with a Manji. Eventually the Manji will be my main gigging harp.

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:14 am
by jbone1
i am not a totally dyed in the wool fan of any one brand. i keep 2 each of my higher ues harps in my case all the time. sprinkled in among the manji's are a bluesmaster, some delta frost, a sp20, a hering 23 or 2. i'm waiting for my b-rad to hold a spot in my case as well.

thanks to my partner's broad vision musically, i find that different harps with different tunings and end result sounds have different uses when we play out live. the manji has gotten a rep for sounding harsh in some applications, usually in chording, due to its tuning. i have noticed this to some extent and if my somewhat damaged hearing picks it up i can imagine it can be very obvious to someone who never spent too much time in front of huge speaker stacks at rock concerts in the 70's, or worked on a production floor near 20 ton punch presses and big mills cutting steel.

i still find the manji to be the best bang for the buck in durability and volume and ease of play from 1b to 10d.

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:04 pm
by fevbusch
Hi, I'm a new member here. I own two Lee Oskars, a Hohner Special 20 , golden melody, Big River and Manji's in C and A.
The Manji's are very nice and beautifully made , as are the Lee Oskars but I do prefer the 20. I has that kind of
Marine Band sound that is sort of lovable. I just received a Big River (my first) and liked it right out of the box for its
big, bold sound , big holes and of course the plastic comb, which I favor. Unfortunately, the top two high reeds sounded
kind of "reedy harsh" and a bit weak. because of that I will not order another one, unless the problem goes away when
I continue to practice with it ( because I do like it very much). It is also a little hard to blow but I think this might
improve when it gets broke in. So far, though I find my favorite to be the Special 20.
I'm planning on ordering a suzuki Harpmaster soon, hoping it will have a little more volume than the Super 20.
Will appreciate any comments on the Harpmaster. I also may try the Marine Band Crossover, hoping that might
have a little more volume and fullness than the 20. Comments welcome. Regards, Freddy

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:16 am
by bottleneck
jeffl wrote:
bottleneck wrote:my girlfriend gave me majis in G,C,A & D for my birthday today.i can't find a single fault with any of them.great harps!!!
Now THERE'S a woman. A woman like that could be butt ugly (no inference about YOUR girl) flat-chested, and mean, but if she buys you a set in those keys, she's perfect.



we are now married.

the manjis will have a years worth of use next month.they are still going strong and everything is still in tune except a couple of the jimmy reed bend spots on the A.i do at least two shows a week.

these harps have outlasted any harp with no effort!i have not touched a single one with a file yet.i haven't really tweaked them at all!

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Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:25 am
by jbone1
bottleneck, you have a real woman there! congrats and welcome to the club!

Re: Suzuki Manji- a Timeless Quality Built Harp

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:15 am
by bottleneck
thanks jb!!she's very supportive of my music,a great gal.she's always talking me into buying the more expensive gear etc.she's just great.

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