[Harp-L] Low harps for 1st position blues

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Mon Nov 7 16:06:27 EST 2016

Please send a song with Jimmy Reed on a G harp.  I've yet to hear him on
anything but an A or a Bb.

I find harps that are low E or lower don't sound good in the Jimmy Reed
first position high note style.  I do use a low F in that style and love
it.  I find low harp to be good for cross harp chords and third position.
Michael Rubin

On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 2:42 PM, Larry Sandy via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>

> I love low tuned harps for playing first position!  I use them a lot,
> perhaps more than other tunings.  The Low Low F and LLF# sounds good too
> but I don't find that I play them often.  Maybe they are too low to respond
> quickly enough.  Of course they won't punch through other loud instruments
> but mics take care of that.  I never liked playing my normal E harps much
> but love, love, love the Low E.
>     On Monday, November 7, 2016 12:06 AM, David Fairweather <
> dmf273 at xxxxx> wrote:
>  Just wondering if anyone out there in Harp-L land has been using some of
> the recently available low pitched harps for first position blues ala Jimmy
> Reed?
> I know Reed liked to use G harps, which were probably the lowest available
> to him at the time.  The lowest harp I own is a Low C Hohner Rocket that I
> won in the San Antonio SPAH Saturday night raffle.  Tried some 1st
> position on that and I liked it!  But I'm really curious about some of the
> really low harps.  I'm not sure how low they go, but I know they make a low
> G.  Can someone out there with a really low harp tell me how they like
> first position?  Those low Thunderbird harps aren't cheap!  But I'm
> tempted.

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