[Harp-L] The "newest" Stradivarius of Harmonicas!

philharpn@xxxxx philharpn@xxxxx
Mon May 9 13:59:32 EDT 2016

Joe is always right. It's always the player. A good player always sounds great no matter what harp he is playing.

I was just listening to Charlie Musselwhite's latest album, "I Ain't Lyin" and I happened to think about his sound. To my ears, over the years, Charlie has always sounded like Charlie. Regardless of what brand he was/is playing.

I think he started out playing Hohner. Just the other day I saw him playing on YouTube what looked like a Lee Oskar (with the characteristic square holes at each end). I have a Herring chromatic with Charlie's name on it that I got from Danny Wilson to test drive for American Harmonica Newsmagazine several years ago. Now I think Charlie plays Seydel.

That makes at least four different brands that I know Charlie has played over the years. Since I am not a close personal friend of Charlie, I can't vouch for any other brands or customized harps he has played over the years. 
The Hohner makes sense as a starter harp because it was the best made and universally available harmonica around when he was starting out. 

1. Hohner
2. Oskar
3. Herring
4. Seydel
5. others -- who cares?


-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Leone <3n037 at comcast.net>
To: Robert Hale <robert at dukeofwail.com>
Cc: harp-l at harp-l.org harp-l <harp-l at harp-l.org>
Sent: Mon, May 9, 2016 11:19 am
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] The "newest" Stradivarius of Harmonicas!

I wish they would. Because taking advice from some 'Joe Schmatalatz' doesn't make any sense to me. (No offense intended to mr. Joe Schmatalatz...if he exists).  :)


On May 9, 2016, at 2:24 AM, Robert Hale wrote:

> On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 1:44 PM, Tom Halchak <info at bluemoonharmonicas.com>
> wrote:
>> Howard Levy, Joe Filisko and Michael Timler
> ​will they weigh in on this to clarify anything?​
> Robert Hale
> Serious Honkage in Arizona
> youtube.com/DUKEofWAIL
> DUKEofWAIL.com

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