Re: [Harp-L] Best Working Man's Harmonica Out of the Box

That goes to show just how different we all are, I think the Hering 1923's are great. I like the thick reedplates, the tuning, and they feel great. Mine seem just as loud as any marine bands I have, but I do open the covers in the back on all my harps. Although I am a guitar player, and we seldom notice anything about harp. JD

----- Original Message ----- From: "Rick Davis" <bluesharpamps@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Dennis Moriarty" <yodennis@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Best Working Man's Harmonica Out of the Box

Here's my vote for NOT best gigging harp out of the box: The Hering Vintage
1923. I didn't like it at all. I keep them for backup and hope I don't
have to use them. Did I get a bad pair of harps? Keys of A & D.

I found them stiff to play and very low volume. They sounded dead. Even my
guitar player noticed, and guitar players seldom notice anything about harp.

-Rick Davis The Blues Harp Amps Blog

On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Dennis Moriarty <yodennis@xxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

I hate to use the obvious and overused "S" word (subjective) but it is
appropriate here. Form factor and playing style (especially soft versus
hard) are important. And then their is the quality control of the particular
"Best out of the box". Because I'm a lifelong Golden Melody player without
tweaking dexterity when they work well out of the box (1 out of 3) perfectly
they're perfect. While I believe there may be superior tunings out there for
octaves the organic volume/tonal qualities and especially the form factor
serve me well. I'm hoping the Bends harp in the mail will be an alternative
out of the box but I have tried most: Sum of my experience as a modest
talent with a love for the instrument: Invest a couple of hundred on a
sampling over time, e.g., GM, S 20, MB, Seydel, Bushman, Hering, Suzuki,
Bends, etc....At he end of the day this post is probably not answering your
particular harp quality credibility question. My best. d

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