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Dan M
Jan 31, 2009 10:42 AM GMT
I walked into a music store about 8 years ago and said I wanted to learn blues harp. They sold me a Hohner Blues harp in C (which I like better now that I know more). Had no clue what I was going to do with it and as a result did nothing after about 2 weeks. Picked it up again last year. Learned you need different KEYS. Got a golen melody in A (Good after some tweaks), then a lee Oskar in C. Then I started reading Ian Chadwick's site. Piked up a Delta Frost in C and love it, a Seydel in C (Decent - needs a lot of air). A Suzuki in G (It OK), a Sp20 in Bb (like it), one in A (like it), Deltas in D and F (like them a lot)so I also got one in G, Suzuki Promaster in E (it's OK). I also got a Marine Band in A to have one and do not like it. I think that is 13. Keep in 2 LO soft cases.

What ya got?

Dan M


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Jan 31, 2009 10:44 AM GMT
Dan M Replied:

Oh - yeah - silly photo taken by my wife. We were watching the Blues Brothers and I felt like joking during a commercial, hence that hat and shades. Hat was a gift I never wear.


Jan 31, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
Zorglub T Replied:

Beginner and wanted to get a feel for the different harps. Among those below, preferred are Marine Band and Seydel. But depending on mood, I may prefer playing Special 20 ...

Hohner Special 20
Bb Tombo Major Boy , Hohner Marine Band
C Hohner Special 20 and Marine Band, Seydel Bix 6 Folk and Blues, Lee Oskar
D Hohner Special 20 and Marine Band
E Hohner Marine Band
F Hohner Marine Band
G Hohner Marine Band and Special 20


Jan 31, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I have 18 harps in a case I made out of an old plastic lunch box. These are the ones I take when I play out. There is also room in the lid for a Shure Model 5200 (green bullet) that I put a volume pot and a guitar cord plug into.

Of course, I have a bone yard of another dozen or so of harps that are in various states of being customized as I learn how to do it. This is just a list of the harps my wife has let me buy--I still want several more--don't have an E-flat or an A-flat, for instance. . .


Jan 31, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

I can't count them all ! They add up over 30+ years.

I remember when I use to keep them in a cigar box... probably the 1st year that I started playing... then I used a leather shaving kit bag, then I used two shaving kit bags, then I used a small canvas military tool bag, then a Fender Harp case, then a few zippered soft-sided cases, then my own custom case made from an aluminun tool case and 2 sets of Hetrick dividers.

Plus you add more harmonica manufacturers, more models to try, more alternate tunings, more lower keys, more more more !

Surely, its a natural progression!


Feb 01, 2009 8:53 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Here's my take when I've ever been asked that question. I never count how many but I know each of them just like I know my girlfriends!!!


Feb 03, 2009 11:21 AM GMT
Branislav B Replied:

7 Big Rivers (Low D, Low F, G, A, Bb, C and D)


1 Meisterklasse (A)


5 Pro Harps (G, A, C, D and F)


That's in custom Alu case with 4 mics. There is a room for Marine 364 and 12 hole Chrom (Hering 5148 or Baritono or Velvet Voice) which I'll buy this month.



2 Blues harps (Ab and D) and


2 Blues Harps with Big River Covers (A and D)in custom softcase.


Feb 06, 2009 8:59 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Marine Band wood comb C
Lee Oskar Narural Minor Am,Fm,CmGm
Lee Oskar Melody Maker G,A,C

one mike and my sons amp

im a newbie so im not sure what else i would need...
Im thinking of getting D and an E.

if anyone has any-advice i could sure use it....
im looking for jam cd that i can buy and play along with.....


thanks
abner


Feb 07, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
jawbone s Replied:

Hey Blueyes - You might want to try a Bushman Delta Frost or possibly a Hohner Special 20. You will need the D but probably not the E too soon. Get a B flat or even an E flat before an E. Oh, just noticed that the other harps were Melody Makers, I'm not familiar with them so you may want to get the A and G in regular tuning as well. There is a site called Harmonica Jam or HarpJam that has backing tracks. Hope I haven't led you astray!!


Feb 08, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
Judge Replied:

Lots and lots and lots...
I need to sort my harp graveyard from my box. Forever picking one up and going Uh and putting it back. Then there's my sweet harps, kept on my desk {top shelf} beer harps {bottom shelf}. Pocket harp, in any coat I'm wearing.
Next stop Suzuki rosewood thang!
Oh yeah and if anyone brings out a gold coloured harp and says anniversary or limited. Yep, I'll buy it.
Favourites, a cross that is sweet and a Dannecker custom.
Best not mention mics...
x


Feb 08, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
Franjo M Replied:

1 marine band special
5 lee oscar
2 tombo aero reed
3 marine band
4 special 20
1 pro harp
3 blues harp
2 jj. milteau
1 meisterklasse
and lot of harmonica that don't work
(sorry about my english) :))))))


Feb 08, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
Franjo M Replied:

never enough :))


Jan 14, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

7 Lee Oskars



Jan 14, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

my answer: not enough!

my wife's answer: too many!

But seriously, I have 8 harps in my go to blues line up (LowE, G, Ab, A, Bb, C, D, F) which are customized marine bands, blues harps, and special 20's, one back-up D spec.20 that's valved, and one back up C Marine-band. I have two Seydel Soloist Pros (A and Bb) with blown reeds awaiting fixing. I have a Natural Minor (A) and a Harmonic Minor (Bb) Lee Oskars. I have a 12 key set of Johnsons that I've been using to practice customization on. I had a Huang Star Performer and a Suzuki Folkmaster, but I hated them both and dismantled and mangled them learning to customize. I have an educator 10 chromatic too.



Jan 15, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I only have 10. I don't have any "low" harps; just 10 out of 12 in the regular range. I don't even have a B or F-Sharp harp because I have NEVER needed one live haha. I blew out some reeds on my B-flat Marine Band and replaced it with a B-flat Lee Oskar and although the Lee Oskar is okay I MUCH preferred the tone, volumeand overblow-ability of the Marine Band. My current C harp, believe it or not, is one of those 2007 Hohner special 15th Anniversary harps with a clear plastic comp and it's one of the best harmonicas I have ever played (only $30!) I have a Blues Harp, key of E-flat (love it. It plays fast and smooth). My highest harp, key of F, is a Special 20 (love it. bends nicely). I have one Pro Harp, key of A (it's okay and cool lookin cuz it's all black but it doesn't get much volume or power for being the harp you reach for to play E-cross, one of the heaviest and most common keys! I'm thinking about replacing it with a Marine Band). The rest of my harps are Big River Harps and Marine Bands. I like Hohner products. Although they aren't always consistent in terms of tuning and manufacture quality, they almost always boast killer tone and they're solid instruments for a reasonable price. They're they industry standard for a reason.



Jan 20, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Last time i count my harps and it were about 97 working harmonicas including some trash harps like hohner silverstar and suzuki folkmasters which I bought when I was a student and I was more poor than now. My gig set include three 12-harp zip cases with Golden melody mostly some Special 20 some other (MB, MBD, MS, seydel) which I'll be happy to replace with GMs but no particular needs. Two set of all 12 keys (stil only one f#) low harps (2LD, 2LEb, 2LF, 1LE, 1LC) some minors (Am, Gm, Dm). My gig chromatics are Chromonica C, Chromonica deluxe C and Hering 64 deluxe black. Also I had 3 chromettas, 3 5148 herings (2G and one D), hering baritono, hering 5164 (half dead) and 3 Swan sh*t 64 chromos - for practice.

All my harps.



Jan 20, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I'm trying to expand my harp collection to include at least one chromatic harp and one of these fangled "chord harmonica" devices haha There are some unique instruments out there. THere's a tremelo harp with six sides! Time to start my expensive collector's obsession :)



Jan 20, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Oh my goodness, Boris! That is a HUGE collection of harmonicas, indeed. I bet the collective value of the instruments I see in this photo is near $10,000!!! You sir have been playing and collecting for quite some time, haven't you?! Kudos :)



Jan 20, 2010 11:23 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I think my collection costs about $3000 and I'm buying them for almost 10 years. Some harps are gifted to me. Some are repaired broken harps of my friends. This is only working harps on photo. I also got about 30 different reedplates in the box to repair harps and some harps with broken reeds (mostly not mine, I rare blow out reeds). Only gig set of 40 harps is customized.



Feb 01, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

13 harps.

1 Lee Oskar

4 Golden Melodys

8 Special 20s.

I only use the Golden Melodies now. Trading the rest off for a mic/mics as soon as I am able to meet with with the guy interested in trading.

What tweaks did you do to your GM A?



Feb 01, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Big Daddy Ray

Don't do that with your favourite harp! I can't promise you'lI not broke reed. This things needs practice. First Idisassemble my Golden melody and first thing I do is slot embossing. I use back side of nail cutters, but most people use spheric end of tuninig fork. It's hard to write how I do this without photo. I emboss slots from the tip of the reed to around 5 mm from rivet. Along with embossing reed goes under reedplate a bit (try not to bend reed too hard and not to break it). Then I adjust the gap. It's too important to make reed gapfrom therivet part to ~5mm to the endvery tight. The lower reed surface have to be at the same heighwith the higher reddplate surface. Then work on the tip of the reed. Slightly bend it up. For me optium reed tolerance is about the sameas reed thickness. ThenI try overblow. It's good if overblow is produced with an ease, whilenor blow or draw reeds choke. I also use some waxing if overblow squeeze.

It's easy to write, butit's harder to do. Look for more info on overblow.com, great site ever!



Feb 02, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I think Boris won on the most harps category.

Feb 06, 2009 4:59 PM
BluEyesReplied:

Marine Band wood comb C
Lee Oskar Narural Minor Am,Fm,CmGm
Lee Oskar Melody Maker G,A,C

one mike and my sons amp

im a newbie so im not sure what else i would need...
Im thinking of getting D and an E.

if anyone has any-advice i could sure use it....
im looking for jam cd that i can buy and play along with.....


thanks
abner

That was then this is now.

Suzuki Fire Breath A<Seydel Blues session Ab,Natural Minor Lee Oskar Am<Melody Maker Lee Oskar A

Turbo Harp C<Hohner SP20 C<Lee Oskar Natural Minor Cm< Lee Oskar Melody Maker C

Suzuki promaster, D<Db<Bb

Custom Hohner Marine Band in Low F<Suzuki Promaster F< Lee Oskar Natural Minor Fm

Seydel 1847 in G my wife bought me this one. Suzuki Promaster G< Lee Oskar Gm

abner (BluEyes, how thing change but stay the same )



Feb 02, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

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Feb 02, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Feb 07, 2009 10:17 AM
jawbone sReplied:

Hey Blueyes - You might want to try a Bushman Delta Frost or possibly a Hohner Special 20. You will need the D but probably not the E too soon. Get a B flat or even an E flat before an E. Oh, just noticed that the other harps were Melody Makers, I'm not familiar with them so you may want to get the A and G in regular tuning as well. There is a site called Harmonica Jam or HarpJam that has backing tracks. Hope I haven't led you astray!!

I did in time get most of the harps. I still don't have an E, or E flat nor did I go for the Delta Frost. I did hip up the jam tracks and no you did not send me astray,,, just hungry for more

abner (BluEyes, going to see jason play tonight)



"font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Feb 07, 2009 10:17 AM
jawbone sReplied:

Hey Blueyes - You might want to try a Bushman Delta Frost or possibly a Hohner Special 20. You will need the D but probably not the E too soon. Get a B flat or even an E flat before an E. Oh, just noticed that the other harps were Melody Makers, I'm not familiar with them so you may want to get the A and G in regular tuning as well. There is a site called Harmonica Jam or HarpJam that has backing tracks. Hope I haven't led you astray!!

I did in time get most of the harps. I still don't have an E, or E flat nor did I go for the Delta Frost. I did hip up the jam tracks and no you did not send me astray,,, just hungry for more



Feb 02, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Still having problems with my posting comments

abner



Feb 03, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

I'm with you, Zorglub,

I bought some VERY cheesy (didn't know it at the time), cheap Piedmonts when I first got interested. After several conversations with Harpaholic, wanted to try them all and see what the differences where. So I hung out in the forums and built a list of favored harps; then arranged them by price and put my cut-off at $40 and started annotating it based on player recommendations and discussions with Joe.

Got several different makes/models in that case now:

G Delta Frost *****
A Suzuki Folk Master ***
Bb Bushman Soul's Voice *****
C Lee Oscar Major Diatonic ***
D Hohner Blues Bender **
E Seydel Blues Session *****
F Suzuki Folk Master ***
C Hering 1923 Vintage Harp *****

Since I can't play worth a damn, yet, I'm just going by the way they feel in my (large) hand and how they sound to my ear. Your results may vary... ;)



Feb 04, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

d p, keep us posted on how you progress, your pit falls and your change in harps and why. I still am a total newbie and with so few of us willing to pull our pants down and show our in adequacy we wont know how to grow.

Sorry about that,, I hope I did not cheapen my self.

abner ( BluEyes, im down in the dumps looking for happiness.)




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