Re: [Harp-L] A good harp to replace a marine band after 45 years??

Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen recommendations from others.   The 
Hohner Special 20 is a great harmonica and not all that expensive (around  
$35); a lot of pros use them.  The Hohner Marine Bando Crossover is also a  
great harp with a lot of resonance.  I especially like Seydel's with  stainless 
reeds and have had good luck with them...a little more expensive but  not a 
lot.  Suzuki also makes very nice harps in all price ranges.   There are a 
lot to choose from.
Blues Girl Phyllis
Isn't it wonderful the  way the world holds both the deeply serious, and 
the unexpectedly  mirthful?

In a message dated 6/29/2015 12:36:14 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
shermfam@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:

Also,  one has the opportunity to play several guitars before committing to 
buy. The  same model from the same builder can feel quite different from 
its brother or  sister.

I would say that about 20% of the harmonicas I've bought have  been 
lacking. At this point I'm only buying customized harps.

Kathy  Sherman
(Guitar, banjo and harmonica -- among other things)

>  On Jun 29, 2015, at 05:49, Michelle LeFree  
<mlefree@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Richard Hunter  wrote:
>> Bob Cohen wrote:
>> <...the cost [of  harmonicas] is cheap compared to most instruments, 
even with trial and  error.
>> I dunno.  That used to be true.   Now?  On a recent trip, I left my road 
case--the Seydel case with 18  harps in it--in a bar.  I retrieved it the 
next day with all contents  intact, but that gave me the opportunity to 
reflect that there was something  in the neighborhood of $900 worth of harmonicas 
in that case.  If I was  gigging regularly with it, I might have to replace 
half or more of the  contents of that case every year.
>> Guitarists pay  hundreds of dollars upfront for an instrument, but they 
don't have to replace  the thing every year. Amps and FX cost the same for a 
harmonica player as for  a guitarist.
>> So is harmonica cheaper?  At a unit  level, yes--a harmonica costs less 
than a guitar.  For anyone who plays  frequently and in public, over the 
course of a year or a lifetime, maybe  not.
> One BIG difference between fine harmonicas and guitars  -- a fine guitar 
will sound better and be worth more over time. Over the  course of a 
lifetime a well-cared for Martin guitar could become a handsome  nest egg for your 
> Michelle

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