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Low harmonicas--Seydel?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PastorJay, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Afflicted

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    Recording some harmonica for a friend of a friend.

    He wants me to play on a song in Db, which means playing an F# harp, the highest key, in standard cross.

    So I thought maybe I'd buy a lower octave harp.

    The only lower octave F# harp I can find is made by Seydel. I'm not familiar with them.

    How are they similar to or different than Hohner Marine Band or Special 20 harps?

    thanks.
     
  2. T-Bone

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    Many harp players swear by Seydel. I bought a few and hated them. My favourite blues harmonicas are Hohner Golden Melody and Lee Oskar. Lee Oskar makes harps in multiple tunings, and also low tunings. I don’t have a Low F#, but I do have a Low F, and I like it a lot.

    Lee Oskar harmonicas blow very freely, and bend very easily. They have excellent volume and clarity. If I were to point out a “negative”, it would be that they bend so easily on draw notes, that you need to make a conscious effort NOT to bend your notes when you don’t want to.
     
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    I love Seydel, like a better Special 20, better than a Lee Oscar...for me.
    I also like Lee Oscar, and most of my harps are those.
    My favorite? Yonberg...but they don’t stick to my magnetic rack.
     
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    Thanks.

    Which Seydel models do you like?
     
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    Session Steel...stainless steel plates but more important to me, plastic comb with plates recessed...like a Special 20 or Lee Oscar
     
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    I switched to suzuki bluesmasters in recent years over my Hohners and Seydels and Oskars.
    Last longer and bend forever.
     
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    Do the Sukuki Bluesmasters have the plate recessed into the comb?
     
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    I have no clue. You figure I would know playing harp over 30yrs. lol
     
  9. PastorJay

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    The Low F# Seydel Session Steel showed up a few days ago. I've played it 3 times and it sounds great. Some people says these require more air than a Marine Band or Special 20. I'm apparently full of hot air. The hole spacing is slightly different than a Hohner, but not hard to adjust to. Otherwise it feels just like a Special 20 to me. It's a great sounding harp.
     
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    I would agree low harps need more air, but my Seydels are nice and tight. Enjoy!
     
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