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NHD. New harmonica day.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dlew919, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Giving harmonica lessons. First one in a long time with new student. Now, where are my harmonicas?

    ok. Off to my local shop. They had a whole bunch of cheapies.

    they’re C harps. I need a G.

    Nathan (the ship guy). Here’s a Hohner blues harp. Ms model.

    three times the price.


    Ok ...

    now I get exactly why a good harp is different. I like it. I like it a lot.

    anyone else have one? Have you modified it? Have you enjoyed yours? Should I have driven another half hour to another shop?
     
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  2. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine Tele-Holic

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    I like the special 20. Great Harp.
     
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  3. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Friend of Leo's

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    I needed a harp in a key I didn't have to make a recording. I'm not much of a player, and it was only a backing part, so I didn't lay out for a Hohner. I got one of the Fender cheapies, and it wasn't too bad. (I'm still not much of a player, though, and didn't use the part I recorded. :confused:)

    D.H.
     
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  4. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Yea, use your diatonic chart.
    They have a new rocket one that lasts longer.
    Used their blues, marine, and other.
    I also use Suzuki blues and some Lee Oskars.
    Replacing reeds is half the cost of new ones, so
    sometimes I just get a new one. When
    I was doing blues stuff I had every major and flat.
    Singer would sometimes like song half step down :(

    Never learned the chromatic type Like Stevie
    Wonder in Elton John Song, or John Hopper.
     
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  5. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    These seem to be the preferred harmonica of our ( blues band) harp player.
    Not sure if this is the same one, but he likes playing one model that has a plastic vs. wood comb, to keep things from getting water-logged and flat...
    His #1 and #2 rules:
    #1 Never share a harp with another mouth!
    #2 ( see rule #1, Ha!) Never buy a used harp!

    He is very good at playing both straight or Country harp ( usually into his vocal mic) or cross/blues harp ( into a harp mic> little tweed amp) very tasty, doesn't overplay
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  6. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I'm a beginner but I really like the Rocket series. Have a couple Special 20s as well and like them a lot, too.
     
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  7. harpdog

    harpdog Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I have one...pretty good and actually cheaper than most.
     
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  8. Greenmachine

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    Yep that's the one.
     
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  9. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm this weird guy who loves to learn all about musical instruments...
    ( as a kid, I'd check out books, ' The Instruments in The Orchestra ' from the Library)
    ...without any desire to play them, except the guitar!

    I bug the hell out of my drummer buddies about their drums/cymbals... ( but I did wanna play drums)
     
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    oregomike Tele-Meister

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    I have a series of Honer Blues Harps but have nothing to compere them to, I've been eyeing the Lee Oskar models, hearing how much better they are, but can't confirm.
     
  11. harpdog

    harpdog Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    In my case, the best are Seydel ( Session Steel ) and Yonberg, with Lee Oscars next and Hohners under them. This also reflects my preference for plastic combs. I might like Hohner Rocket or Rocket Amp, but don’t need any more harps at the moment. Next to get, perhaps.

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    drumtime Tele-Afflicted

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    Hohners are great harps. Many years ago, my wife did Hohner USA's website, and at one point they gave her several gold-plated ones for some kind of anniversary or some such. I was disappointed that they were all C harps - weird.

    I think Lee Oskars are also good, and no doubt there are others these days.
     
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  13. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hohner Marine Band and Blues Harps are my favorites...Special 20 is ok. Lee Oskars are most durable, but I prefer the sound of a wood comb.

    Cheap harps are only good in a pinch, and usually only good a couple of times before they start messing up.
     
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    I can't play a G harp to save my life.
     
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    Bluesboy3 Tele-Afflicted

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    I had one of those gold-plated ones and it was a C-harp. It had a plastic comb. I love the plastic combs. The wood one's always swell up on me and rip open my lips.
     
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  16. Warren Pederson

    Warren Pederson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have a set of special 20’s and a set of Big River harps. I actually prefer the big river and they are way cheaper
     
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    For years I've wanted a chromatic harmonica like Stevie Wonder and Toots Thielemans. But the fact that I can't even play a diatonic harmonica stops me
     
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  18. BluesGuitarMart

    BluesGuitarMart Tele-Meister

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    Marine Band Deluxes for me, they’re kind of pricey but last forever.
     
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  19. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Friend of Leo's

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    I owned one for a long time - finally gave it to somebody who had a bottle of vodka to use as a disinfectant, and could play it better than me.

    D.H.
     
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  20. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    @harpdog

    That's a great setup - what case is that?
     
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