[Harp-L] Harmonicaster Electric Harmonica

Ronnie Schreiber autothreads@xxxxx
Wed Aug 23 17:13:06 EDT 2023

After more than nine years of continuous development based on feedback 
(no pun intended) from many of the world's greatest harmonica players, 
I'm happy to announce that I'm taking orders on the all-new, completely 
reimagined Harmonicaster electric harmonica. A true electric instrument, 
with steel reeds and inductive magnetic pickups, not a microphone, it 
has a vibrant and exciting native tone, you can play as loudly as you 
want to without feedback (and use virtually any amp without worrying 
about too much gain or impedance matching issues), and it's compatible 
with effects devices and pedals, greatly expanding your tonal palette.
Based on Seydel's stainless steel reeds and custom Lace Alumitone 
pickups designed in close cooperation with Jeff Lace that are thin 
enough to fit inside our harmonicas, the Harmonicaster is a fully 
playable, professional harmonica, all bends included, and compatible 
with whatever embouchure you might use. Onboard volume, bass, and treble 
controls are at your fingertips, allowing for swells, vibrato, and 
tremolo effects. You can change keys in seconds, made even easier by 
color coded coverplates and combs, and our harmonicas securely latch to 
the control housing with embedded neodymium magnets.
Compact and lightweight, the ergonomically designed Harmonicaster system 
is about half the height of a bullet microphone, and weighs just 204 
grams with a harmonica compared to about 350 grams for a JT-30 and 410 
grams for a Green Bullet.
This is not meant to replace traditional cupped mic harmonica any more 
than the electric guitar replaced the acoustic guitar. While it didn't 
replace acoustics, the electric guitar took that instrument places where 
it hadn't been before and continues to create new sounds today. 
Likewise, think of the Harmonicaster as a new tool for your tonal 
toolbox. Just to be able to play as loudly as you want to in a live 
performance without worrying about howling feedback is something 
harmonica players have wanted since whoever it was that first cupped a 
harp to a microphone. Of course, if it didn't sound good it wouldn't 
matter if it didn't feed back, but the Harmonicaster has a musical, 
electric tone and that tone can be further shaped and crafted with the 
use of pedals and effects devices.
No, you can't use your own harmonicas. The Harmonicaster is a system. To 
begin with, most harmonicas are made with brass or bronze reeds and 
those simply won't work with electromagnetic pickups. Secondarily, 
Harmonicaster harmonicas are designed to accommodate the pickups and 
mate securely with the Harmonicaster pickup and control housing. 
Additionally, while we're using Seydel reeds, reedplates, and combs, 
Seydel is assembling them to our specifications to work with the 
Harmonicaster system.
"Made in the Motor City" - The Harmonicaster is assembled in the Detroit 
area, with domestic and imported components. The harmonica components 
come from Germany. The pickups are fabricated and assembled in the 
United States (with work done in Michigan, Nevada, and California). The 
control PCB and surface mount assembly is by JLC in China, with final 
assembly in Michigan. MG Chemicals' high-conductivity carbon-based 
shielding paint keeps things quiet and we use multi-contact Pure-Tone 
jacks for crackle-free performance. The plastic parts are made in our 
own shop and finished with a high gloss, durable, food-safe 2K 
automotive clear coat.
Retail price: $325 with one Harmonicaster harmonica in the key of A. 
Additional harmonicas (LF,G,Ab,A,Bb,C,D,Eb,E,F) are $85.

*More details and ordering information athttp://www.harmonicaster.com 

*Thanks for your time,*

*Ronnie Schreiber
The Electric Harmonica Co.*

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