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blogwardOct 02, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
Just tried one of these:
The pickup may be OK and the plastic moputhpiece is different, but the reed component is absolutely dreadful. Don't even consider one of these.
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It seems like a whole lot of engineering and production went into these. It is too bad they didn't come out so well. It looks like they would be awkward to play and hold.
Blogward, What other uniqueharmonicashave you tried out?
Hmmm...toying with the idea of trying Hohner plates in the reed cartridge, it looks like they might fit - but the whole thing is encased in plastic. BLUE PLASTIC! Probably best just to keep it in the (very nice) box as a collectable. Cost me GBP35 w/o pickup. Meh. That's a darn cheap harp with all that moulding. It has a really deep but low-profile mouthpiece which is actually quite comfortable but it sounds exactly like a toy. Maybe I'll microwave it for YouTube.
As far as unique harps are concerned, among other old junk I've got a Seydel Low Low F which might be OK in third position one session one day, but I'm waiting on the Harrisons. The ideal for me is a diatonic that plays overblows seamlessly, and the only way I've found so far is to set up a GM myself. I get custom plates with a low G/B instead of top C/B (mini-Steve Baker) from harponline.de.
Got a few XB-40s, but I don't feel the need to perfect a different technique when I'm playing non-valved diatonics chromatically anyway.
I'm not going for the Ergo unless I know what the reed plates are; I have a feeling they're Seydel, but if they're handmade it might be worth it. Waiting for reply again, which isn't good.