Re: Subject: [Harp-L] 1st Chromatic ?
I learned to play harmonica on a "G" 270... WHEN I WAS EIGHT years old.
But the CX-12 is twice as loud, and so much more responsive...
What REALY maters... Is simply to play the music!
In a message dated 10/2/2011 5:17:25 P.M. GMT Daylight Time,
I'd go for a CX-12 tenor "C"...
John "Whiteboy" Walden
In a message dated 10/2/2011 1:55:30 P.M. GMT Daylight Time,
If you'd like, go here to get a TON of input from a whole slew of mostly
chromatic players - along with their reasons for their choices:
It's been asked many, many times before, so either type the question into
the search engine or begin a new topic. It's a relatively ongoing focus
conversation there given that new chromatic players join all the time and
most of the long-term players have quite strong opinions about their
favourite chromatics, along with the windsaver question (to valve or
While I personally love the CX-12's and think they're the perfect
for those transitioning from diatonics (ease of dismantling,
ability to bend, tone, etc)...it'll still all depend on how you play,
kind of music is your focus, what YOU want from the instrument and, of
course, your finances.
I'm particularly fond of playing CX-12's in 'other' keys, A and Bb being
favourites since I'm mostly into R&B and Contemporary Jazz music and like
to play along with the music of Peter White (my favourite guitarist) and
lot of Saxophonists. Naturally, though I have C, Tenor C, G to play
with my fellow chromatic players at club meetings and at SPAH, etc. I
CX-12's because they're fun. I also still play a Super 64 Chromatic when
need the extra notes. I'd highly recommend the bigger instrument as well
since even a player with small hands can play it with no real problem.
I'm an ear player who can read a little - find it very easy to switch to
different keys since I don't think in terms of keys, but am purely
the music (song) in my head. Others find it complicated to play anything
other than a Key of C chrom. It's all very personal and opinions are as
varied as the players.
As far as them being expensive - I just received a brand-new Tenor C
bought off EBay, sold by a woman who said it had minimal play. I've
checked it over and if it was played at ALL I can't tell. It's so clean
and new it practically sparkles...puts my own to shame, and mine are
spotless. I'm cleaning it anyway of course, since I'm ever the skeptic,
cost all of $111. Can't beat that for what is a pristine and gorgeous
instrument. My original Tenor C needs work so this was a great way to
One can get a CX-12 (mostly in C) brand new from EBay stores for as low
$176. Don't believe the hype about Manufacturers' retail prices. These
online stores which sell new instruments. Here's one link:
THIS second seller charges $185 but carries them in more keys: Has been
around (on EBay) for several years and as far as I know will get a key
looking for if contacted.
I'd still suggest doing a lot of homework before deciding. Most of those
us who originally thought we'd buy one 'perfect' chromatic, ended up with
HAS (harmonica acquisition syndrome). As a diatonic player you might
already understand the concept.<G>
Some EBay sellers even allow returns which one cannot find with regular
harmonica vendors, which to me implies they probably send out an already
played instrument to the next buyer. So I err on the side of caution by
cleaning every instrument I buy before I play it no matter where I
since I really don't know who 'tested' it last. With a new instrument a
simple alcohol (or 'Clorox Anywhere' spray) wipe down usually suffices.
Have fun deciding!
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:13:41 -0400
From: Richard Eisenberg <catketch2@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] 1st Chromatic ?
To: HARP L HARP L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
I've been playing diatonic harps for quite a while, mainly Special 20's.
I've got bending down, drawing and blowing.
I want to get a chromatic and start learning on that.
I want one that bends.
Which one will do that?
What do the windsavers have to do with bending ability?
Which key, because some varieties come in C or D or G?
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