Re: [Harp-L] SP20 vs. Pro Harp - observations & questions
I concur with Garry. I've had much better luck with the Big River harp. My
one and only experience with a Pro Harp went like this. I bought one in F for
a gig 'cause they were out of Special 20's and I had to have one right then.
I played the gig with it (one song in C I think) and it wasn't great, but
better than most of the other harps I had tried in comparison to the SP 20. I
was teaching a friend at work so I took it on Monday to show him that other
keys besides C and A are cool to play, but a different technique sometimes. When
break time came he asked me to play it so I got it out and started rippin',
bending the hell outta the 4 draw when the reed broke off and hit me in the
back of the throat. I've never had a problem like that before and at that time
I had been playing harp for about 29 years. One time trying to imitate
Alanis Morreset (and get a laugh) I played so hard that I put a reed out of tune
but that's it. I called Hohner and they acted like I had some kind of scam
going and hung up on me. If I could find something that I liked as much as an SP
20 I'd never play a Hohner again. Over the years I know I have bought at
least 200 SP 20's, at least. I'm very soon going to get some Seydels and see if
that is finally the harp I can drop the Hohners with. I hate rude people.
In a message dated 4/23/2007 1:35:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> This may be a lemon of a Pro Harp, but judging by this one experience,
> obviously i would avoid Pro Harps in favor of SP20's.
back when i was experimenting to see what kind of harps i liked best,
i bought a couple of pro harps (Bb and E, i think). and i concur that
they just don't seem as good as a special 20. i like the black finish,
but they always felt sluggish and unresponsive. i did manage to tweak
the Bb into a pretty good harp, but it took some effort, and i still like my
this is one of hohner's MS series. i think if i wanted an MS harp i'd go
with the "big river", at a little more than half the price.
Garry Hodgson, Senior Software Geek, AT&T CSO
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