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Deluxe Marine Band

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Andrew T
Jan 27, 2010 1:39 AM GMT

I finally broke down and purchased a 2005MB Hohner harp, the "Marine Band Deluxe." I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet. I love how the back is opened up and YES there is more volume. As advertised, there is also faster response but only on SOME of the reeds. The 2-hole blow is the airiest, leakiest thing I have heard on any of my harps ever. What's more is that the 1-hole draw makes a clicking/rattling sound when I draw with reasonable force. What causes this? How can I remedy this problem? What are you guys' overall review of the MB Deluxe. I think I like it overall and it has killer tone & volume but what's with the manufacturing inconsistencies? I want fifty bucks worth of answers on that issue haha

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Jan 27, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I've already answered you draw reed touches the lower coverplate which gives you clicking noise. For lower harps (G, LF and lower) it's ok and uncurable. For higher harps I heavily recommend you to work on your breathing. It seems, that you breath with too hard attack and force reeds.

MBD is one of the best outofthebox harps. But I dislike it as it is too small in hands, has too raspy tone, has some rattle tones on bends. So anyway it's good harp especially if you can adjust it a little.

Most stock harps has no even response at all reeds. Most stock harps hardly overblow out of the box and if yes overblow squeezes.

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