Re: [Harp-L] 1st Chromatic ?

After owning and playing 1000,'s of harmonicas in a large number of professional performance situations from harmonica trio to playing with Buddy Guy I find the 14 hole a useful item. being in C and starting from the G below middle C.

This is useful because so many tunes in C start below the tonic. I currently have a Herring 14/56 though I have also have had them from Hohner, Suzuki and Yamaha, all of which worked well. So often if one uses the 16/64 one ends up not using the first two holes that much at all.

I also like using chromatic harmonicas in keys other than C, As they most often are 'low' tuned.

It's all much of a 'horses for courses' thing or any excuse for getting another harmonica is a good one ;-)

yours David

On 01/10/2011 17:34, Gary Lehmann wrote:
First, a disclaimer--I spent a year working for Suzuki as their harmonica
repair guy.
I really like their SCX line, they are well built, airtight, sound great,
and good bang for the buck (used to be really good before they raised the
If you get an SCX-48, get it in G--C is too high.
For that reason, I recommend you get the SCX-56, which starts on G, but is
tuned to C solo tuning--just like holes 4-7 on a diatonic, but on holes 3-6,
7-10 and 11-14 (unless you start counting from hole 3, the first C--in that
case, 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12.)
I like the CX-12 too, but they cost a bit more, and only come in 12 hole
models--if you get one of those, get a G!

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