Re: [Harp-L] OK, breaking down and buying a chromatic. Little help???

Thanks a million for all the help, folks! I think I am gonna get the Hohner SuperChromonica 270. And then start the laborious task of re-transcribing all my music. Sigh... :-( 
  I will let you all know how it goes!!

Joe and Cass Leone <leone@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
  There are umpteen reasons why a person buys a particular model or 
make. In your case, given the factors you have specified, I suggest 
chromos in the following order. Keeping in mind that price is an 
imperative. You indicated that your pockets aren't deep.

1... A Seydel professional 48 (meaning 12 holes) at maybe $100.oo 
Note: I am impressed with this model.
2... A Hering 5148 (12 holes) at maybe $100.oo ....BUT, caution, 
unless you can maintain one yourself, be careful. I play these.
3... A Hohner 270 (12 holes) at maybe $140.oo ( or the newer pro 
model is $170.oo)
4... A Hohner CX12 (12 holes) at maybe $170.oo Easiest to maintain.
5... A Suzi 48 at slightly higher price
6... A Bends 48. Still too new to give an opinion and a little over 
7... Any of the 56s (14 hole models) at slightly more money 
(generally $325.oo or so).

Chromos a new player should steer clear of.
1... Any of the cheap copies. Playing junk will make you feel like 
junk. :(
2... The Hohner Chrometta. Beautiful sound, crappy action.
3... Any of the 16 hole models. A newer chromo player WILL burn 
through several on their way to nirvana. There is plenty of time for 
you to move up to a 16 hole.....later.

Rule#1... Let the chromo become part of your face. Get used to it 
even BEFORE you ever try to play a tune. Learn which notes are in 
every single hole. You only need to learn ONE octave. The other two 
(or 3) are mere duplications. Exercises should be waterfalls and 
stairsteps. Scales are fine, but waterfalls and stairsteps are 
better. Loosen up. Relax. Learn to play first. Get fancy later.


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