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Reed Triller
Jul 08, 2009 6:05 AM GMT

I don`t see any posts about Echo Harps.

Anyone here play them?

I just picked up a prewar(star and all)Hohner Echo for just over 20 bucks. I am sure it`ll need a little work but according to the seller all the holes blow easily.The photos of it show an Echo that is in extremely good condition for such an old harp.


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Jul 08, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I have and there are many different types, some are tremelo and some are actually octave harps. They're not easy to bend and if you use too much breath force, it's damned near impossible to do so and so playing with more focus becomes important. You almost never see it used in blues, and the only guy I can think of who used it in that situation was Jerry McCain (whose claim to fame is an instrumental called Steady, and the flip side of that 45 was covered was a tune called She's Tough and made more famous by The Fabulous Thunderbirds) and he used it on some instrumentals like 728 Texas and Hot Nuts.

You're more likely to hear it used in other genres like Irish music. The tremelo harps are basically two sets of reed plates with one tuned at about roughly A444 and another at about A442 or so to give the wavering/tremelo effect, and it gives it a more accordion like feel. I use a Hohner 2409 Echo when I do Slim harpo's classic Raining In My Heart.



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