Re: [Harp-L] lee oskar vs hohner

As someone who plays harmonica and banjo when I'm NOT playing a saxophone,
I'm hardly an expert, but for me the Seydel Blues Session harps are my
favorites. I also own Hohner Marine Band, Special 20, Golden Melody and
XB-40 as well as Lee Oskars. What it comes down to is I LOVE the feel of the
Seydel in my hands and I love the smooth, warm sound and controllable bends.
Your mileage may vary.

What I don't like about the Golden Melody is the way it doesn't fit my hand
(the side edges taper away too quickly), and I don't like the sharp edges of
the others. The Marine Band just feels too small. The Special 20 is my
favorite of the non-Seydels. Of course I could get used to any of them and
probably learn to love them, especially if I had no other choice, To be
fair, I haven't played the XB-40 much, so I'm keeping the door open there.

I also have three older Hohner Chromaticas, which are a bit fussy, and a new
Hohnica Educator 10, which is very nice and handy. No chromatic is as
lovable to me as a diatonic.

On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM, <Cahebay@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Since I'm unbiased and really have no favorites, I can tell you as  I have
> Purchased EVERY 10 hole diatonic made excluding a Harrison, and  they
> ALL sound exactly the same with only two having a tiny  difference.
> The solid rosewood Suzuki Pure Harp takes the minimum of  breath to produce
> a
> pure sound and the M-20 Manji - Suzuki (soft sound),  the best on the
> Horner end will always be a Golden melody, it lacks that nasty  raspy
> metallic
> noise of others..
> Like I always say;
> A pro can take a dollar harp and make magic, an amateur can take a hundred
> dollar harp and make garbage., same deal as jeans, with jeans some  darn
> fool
> will pay $50.00 for jeans with someone's name on their rump were  a smart
> person
> will get the no name same jeans for $15.00.
> If you sound like a cat in heat with your cheap harp, you will still sound
> like a
> cat in heat with a $150.00 John Doe super tuned MJ-1250 extreme  bender.
> Regards
> Mark

Alfred Barten
RETIRED ... *and all that jazz!*

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