Re: [Harp-L] 2012 Out of the box harmonica recomendations

Lee Oskars have long enjoyed a reputation for durability. However, in the last few years, some dedicated users have reported less than usual durability in recent purchases.

Suzuki Bluesmaster and Harpmaster models, as far as I know, are the same harp with different-shaped covers. (And the Bushman Delta Frost is claimed by several knowledgeable commentators to be a rebranded Harpmaster.)

Hohner MS series tend to be very durable and will get you closer to the Marine Band sound than some others, though the MS reed design uses a longer (louder but less subtle) reed for each note in comparison with the Marine Band and Special 20. The Blues Harp and Big River both use the same MS reedplates but different combs and covers. (By the way, the easy 
bending thing about Hohner Blues Harps was always a myth. The original Blues Harp model was just a Marine Band with different covers and box.)


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 From: clayton goldstein <clay@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Friday, April 6, 2012 1:05 PM
Subject: [Harp-L] 2012 Out of the box harmonica recomendations
I'm about to make a harmonica purchase. 

I love the tones and shape of basic hohner marine bands, special 20's do OK, do not need or want the easy bending blues harps. I use a variety of other brands as I search for the mostly consistant, durable harmonica. 

I won't be doing any customizing, just playing long shows and lots of them, acoustic, electric, loud and quiet.

I'm not spending $100.00 and do not want to spend $50.00 for a harmonica unless it's great. It has to be durable, stay in tune, the high notes can't go flat after three weeks.

Recently tried the Bluesmaster from Suzuki, not quite durable enough, Suzuki harpmaster is hanging in there but I use the key less.

I'm only looking for a great sounding, durable, affordable, out of the box harmonica ... any recommendations for spring of 2012? 



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