RE:1st Chro/Repairs/Strnad/G below C
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- Subject: RE:1st Chro/Repairs/Strnad/G below C
- From: "JACK ELY"@mrgate.mec.ohio.gov
- Date: Mon, 11 Apr 1994 16:34:00 EDT
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- Posting-date: Mon, 11 Apr 1994 00:00:00 EDT
Rather than reply to four posts I put them all together.
To: John, For a first chromatic I would recommend...
10 hole - Hohner Silver Shadow 10 hole which is made in Germany and is
identical to the Hohner #260 except it has different cover plates -
quality is very good - Cost is about $40.00
12 hole - Hohner 270 $60.00 also available with bolted reed plates,
deburred & moisture proofed from Farrell for $75.00, Hering (Brazil, I
don't recall the model # $52.00), Huang Professional 48 $45.00 <- guess.
16 hole - Hohner Silver Shadow $41.70 (made in China) not the highest
quality but can't beat the price, Hering $67.00
You didn't mention a price range so I stayed away from the more expensive
models - If you have $100.00 to spend I recommend the Hohner CX12.
All prices are based on mail order from F&R Farrell and may be a little
out of date - I don't have his latest catalog.
Broken reed - chances are your reed was already cracked and ready to
break. If you had gotten it in tune it probably would have broken soon or
at best -- immediately gone flat again.
To: Ted Allbritton,
I don't own a Strnad mic but tried one out a few years ago. I really liked
the sound I was getting and the feel of it is very comfortable, like
having a pistol grip on your harp. I didn't buy one for these reasons
(cost really wasn't a factor - until you consider you would have to buy
one for your diatonic, one for your 12 hole chromatic and one for your 16
hole chromatic - those were the three flavors available then). I don't
know how familiar you are with the Strnad but your harmonica is clamped in
via a slide and clamp arrangement making the harp & mic virtually one
piece and completly encased. That's good - It's comfortable and always
positioned uniformly from the pick up. That's also bad if you want to
switch harps, or if you want to do cupping and hand vibrato or get effects
by changing proximity - there is a hole you can use for wah wah by
wavering your fingers or hand over it. I think it's best suited for the
player who does most of his effects internally (i.e. vibrato etc.). Ron
Kalina, jazz harmonicist from LA, used one at BHF '94 and he sounded great
-- but he would sound great through a tomato can. I noticed his Strnad was
wireless but didn't get a chance to ask if it was available from Strnad or
if it was an after market modification. I don't know what all this tells
you except I like the Strnad - but you would need more than one mic if you
play more than one type/key of harp.
To: George Mayhew,
Re: G below middle C - Hohner made 3 such harps that I know of...
The Meister Klas 14 hole chromatic. Tuned in C but middle C starts on hole
number 3. I wish all chromatics were tuned this way. Alas - the M. K. hit
$400.00 or more retail and then Hohner discontinued them, I suppose
because they weren't selling. Do they hire ex Commodore Marketing
Specialists? <-- That joke only for Amiga lovers :-)
They were beautiful and probably worth $300 - $350.
Two others both Chromettas and pretty much junk - The Chrometta 10 hole
and the Chrometta 14 hole are both tuned this way. You have to special
My other suggestion would be a tenor tuned chromatic. Hohner #270 and the
Hering 12 hole are available. You have to special order them. These are
tuned one octave lower than normal - I.e., like having a 16 holer with the
top four holes cut off.
P.S. I too love Winslow's answers - I can tell it's Winslow within a few
words - without seeing the sig. (You can always tell my posts easily too -
they're at least eight pages long). ;-)
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