Harps, is it all in the price?

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Harps, is it all in the price?

Postby srvlives » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:13 am

Need to get a new harmonica, my Hohner Blues Harp has died, am watching a couple on ebay at the moment,

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... :IT&ih=007

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... :IT&ih=001

anybody have any recommendations? Keeping in mind, while I've had the Hohner kicking around for a while, I would still classify myself as a beginner, but am now dedicating some time to learn the thing properly.
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Postby hashtaff » Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:51 am

You are most likely going to need more than one key. That being the case I would either go to your nearest music store and buy a few Special 20's (in C,D and A at least, or order from our sponsor or Blue Tongue
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Postby 1armbandit » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:32 pm

As you progress you will want other key harps. The Bluesband from Hohner only comes in "C" as far as I have been able to tell. The Bushman would be available in other keys, that would let you play along in tune with recordings or other musicians.
I've never tried a Bushman but have 10 or so each of the Special 20's and Lee Oskars. To each his own though, so try some and see what works for you.

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Postby jeffl » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:59 pm

Our sponsor is a good place to buy harps, if you want to make sure you get a good deal and to help support this forum. You can click on the "Coast to Coast" link on the top of the page to link to them. If you buy Lee Oskars at your local mom & pop music store, beware 'cuz they have a relatively high list price but can be bought for around $24-$25 U.S. just about anywhere, plus shipping. Lee Oskars have replaceable reed sets for around $16 as well. The LOs are tuned slightly different than Marine Bands, Special 20's etc. Lee Oskar refers to his tuning on his website ( http://www.Leeoskar.com ) . It's not a huge difference to the average player, but IMO the LOs are better suited to single note lead and comping, and may "Jangle" a bit when chording.
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