Re: [Harp-L] Seydel Session Steel

I bought a few Session Steels in low F Low G and C 
So far I like them a lot but still lean on the Golden Melody's, in a pinch !

Mike Wilbur

On Apr 21, 2013, at 4:09 PM, Eric Miller <miller.eric.t@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I can also say these are high quality and durable instruments.  I practice
> 1-4 hours per day, and have been since November.  As a
> beginner-intermediate player, I am very hard on them both in terms of hours
> played and overplaying them while learning techniques.  I don't overplay
> them anymore, but of course when I was learning the draw/blow bends were
> hard on the instrument.
> I have MBs, Spec 20s, Harpmasters, and the Session.  The Session is my main
> instrument (mostly because its the only powerdraw harp I own, and powerdraw
> has won out as my tuning of choice).
> I will say that the wider hole spacing, larger holes, and hole edge
> chamfering on the Sessions and similar recessed reed designs do make for a
> less responsive harp when playing faster licks.  They have a fuller, softer
> mouth feel, but *none *of my harps can come close to the stock MB for
> dexterity and razor sharp clean notes (and making my lips bleed)
> I got my Session from Greg Jones.  He was a pleasure to work with and does
> some nice powder coated covers, and will do any of the Seydel covers that
> fit the Session guts.
> On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM, Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>> Last August at SPAH I bought a Seydel Session Steel harmonica in the key
>> of A from Rupert Oysler.  Since then I've been playing that instrument
>> frequently and hard, and it still plays and sounds pretty much the way it
>> did when I took it out of the case for the first time.  That makes it the
>> most durable instrument I've ever owned, easily on a par with my Lee Oskar
>> harps in that sense, but louder, punchier, and more responsive.
>> I just took delivery on three more Session Steels in Bb, C, and D, and I'm
>> looking forward to putting them through their paces. If they're up to the
>> standard set by the A harp, I'll be very impressed. These harps aren't
>> exactly cheap, but they're certainly price and performance competitive with
>> the Hohner MB Deluxe and Crossover, Suzuki Olive, etc., and so far they
>> seem to be more durable than any of those.  Stay tuned for more as I work
>> with the new ones.
>> Regards, Richard Hunter
>> author, "Jazz Harp"
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