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Old 02-20-2008, 04:07 AM   #1
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So i've been playing harmonica for the last couple a months, figured out how to bend notes and stuff pretty easily and really enjoy the instrument. I am looking to upgrade though from my 5$ little guy to something more substantial and with more bending potential.

Thus far i am really considering two harps, the Hohner Special 20 and the Hohner Golden Melody...Anyone got any experience and want to chime in? My current harp is in a C and am considering an A or a D-- which one would have better deeper notes for bending and blues?

Thanks guys, hopefully someone out there whales on these things and can give some advice!
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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I have played some but still learning also. The Lee Oskar harps were highly recommended to me so that is what I got and like it a lot. They can be bought for a decent price and have a great reputation.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navig...WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM

As for what key to get them in I would say is purely a personal decision. Most things I have read say to keep your first harps in C then branch out as your style gets defined and you realize what you want to play.

 
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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What is the range of a harmonica?













About 10 yards if you kick it hard enough.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:56 PM   #4
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I have played a harp for years. Special 20s are nice, so are Lee Oscars, and I don't like Golden Melody. I also like Blues Harps and Marine Bands for general use and find the Honers to be easier to control my bends and over-blows. I have a couple sets of harps and regularly an having to replace them. Watch food, facial hair and I am sorry to say beer. The reeds can get gummed up and stuck pretty easily.

I personally would go with either the Special 20 or the Blues Harp.
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:06 PM   #5
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I've heard good things about the Special 20, and that's what Les Stroud uses on his show and in his band. Man he is a good harp player. Any suggestions on my next key though? Which one do you like the most for more bluesy-bending stuff? A, D?
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c, d, a, g and b flat
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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haha, so 100$? Well, maybe i'll start off with A next. Is that slightly lower than C? I'm terrible with music theory, although i've been playing drums for about 10 years....
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haha, so 100$? Well, maybe i'll start off with A next. Is that slightly lower than C? I'm terrible with music theory, although i've been playing drums for about 10 years....
A chance to bash harp players and drummers in the same thread? I can't resist!

Definition of a drummer: a guy who likes to hang out with musicians.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:54 PM   #9
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A chance to bash harp players and drummers in the same thread? I can't resist!

Definition of a drummer: a guy who likes to hang out with musicians.

I dont care what you have to say about that: I got more ladies than any other of the band members and was a highly regarded young musician amongst the music scene for years. Self-taught, designed songs for the band, and kept everyone's bodies moving at shows. No complaints here.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:20 PM   #10
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For blues I would get A first, then D. Blues is generally played cross harp, so you use A for a song in E; D for a song in A.
E and A are the most common keys for blues because of the way a guitar is tuned.

 
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