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best stock harp for overbends

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greg r
Jul 08, 2009 2:11 AM GMT

I'm thinking I'd like to try overbending; as

I'm fairly financially challenged, I'd like to know what stock harps work best; I'd love to get a custom , but that's unrealistic. What would be the best stock out of the box harp to try on? Thanks.-Greg


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Jul 08, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
Jud W Replied:

Man, I've been around the block on this one...starting with Marine Bands, to Special 20's, Huangs, (which I liked), but have settled on Golden Melodys. They fit my style and the kinds of stuff I play. By the way, the Lee Oskars are off tune, and the "replacement reed boards" are a joke. Good luck. Jud


Jul 08, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Hohner Marine Band and Golden Melodys are fairly good for overblowing out of the box.

But if you only do even some minimal gapping work they'll be much better.


Jul 08, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
Joe Replied:

I'd throw the Suzuki Firebreath in there too.


Jul 08, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Golden Melody or Firebreath.


Jul 12, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I have to agree that the GM`s are good for OB.

I am new and know very little at this point but I have some Special 20s and one Golden Melody.

Upon learning how to do an OB I have to say the GM handles them well.

I would tinker with it to make it even better but I have yet to tinker with the guts of one of my harps yet and I only have one GM at the moment :)


Jul 13, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
blogward Replied:

GMs. Basic OB reed gapping is pretty easy - practice on your worst harp.


Jul 17, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
Ricardo Replied:

I have a suzuki firebreath 'C'but haven't tried OB on it. I'm afraid it will ruin it. hehehe. I do my 'attempts' on a GM 'G'. The GM costs less that the Suzuki FB.


Jan 27, 2010 12:28 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

The best overblows from stock harps are Marine Band Deluxe and Maybe Seydel 1847. GM's and Sp20 seems less easy to overblow out of the box. However best harp for me is still Golden Melody after customizing of course.




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