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Carl MFeb 21, 2010 4:04 AM GMT
I have just purchased the MANJI,not overly impressed except very loud, a little tinny sounding,feels good,plays nice.I am going to tune to 7 just t,i think it will sound better.bends nice..Canadian price $55.00 + tax.I think in the long run it will be a great harps once it is retuned...Carl
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I AGREE THAT IF THEY COME OUT WITH ONE IN JUST T AND DAMPIN THE COVER PLATE SOME HOW IT WILL BE A GREAT HIT.I THINK JUST THE TUNING WILL MAKE A BIG DIFF, BUT I HAVEN'T DONE MINE YET.CARL
The side vents takes its call from the most famous diatonic harp that still uses them and that's the Marine Band. What it does is make the harp play louder and brighter, spreads the sound over a wider angle, and you get to hear what the audience really hears. Harmonicas actually play at their loudest with the cover plates removed. The vents are clearly aimed at Marine Band players, and actually, the entire designed is aimed at Marine Band players, period. This is the most German sounding of all Asian made harps. Personally, I prefer those vent holes. Many players often don't use their hands particularly well other than an occasional wah-wah in terms of using their hands/fingers to shape their sounds and that's another thing about having those vent holes.
i like them just the way they are but maybe i'd be swayed by some new mods like harpaholic mentions. to me this is THE best harp out of box i've ever seen.
i just had a short clinic with adam gussow here and he playes mostly stock mb's. and he plays awesomely i must add! i showed him a manji and he said he may try one. i've tried to convice myself i should give mb's another chance but with the manji being at such a reasonable price, and what you get for that price, it's just a better deal. when you think about spending hard cash on a harp and then either doing the work yourself or paying someone to do it, to get a harp lined out more to your liking- reed tweaks, tuning, drill/tap/screw, smoothing edges, comb seal, etc etc, and then you look at a stock harp that at least approaches all those features for the base price, it's easy to see why a guy like me- not a customizer or hardly a reed tweaker- would go for the manji. i have heard very few complaints about the manji over all, and i recall very well how the mb was 15-20 years ago. you almost could not play one out of the box a lot of times. or it would be so inconsistent from harp to harp, that's why i got away from them.
the manji has the state of the art reed plates, they can't get misaligned unless they are that way from the factory, plus a comb that won't swell, open covers, and to me the tuning is good. i admit my ears aren't as good as they once were but for my $$ i vote manji. i have 3 at this pojnt and will be getting more before long. this is likely to be my primary harp before long.
just my couple a cents.
Japanese price is $27.00
MANJI HARP is main harmonica now.
I put Hammon Covers on a Manji Harmonica and call it "HaMonji"I like the look and feel and it sounds great. It isn't as loud but I mostly play amplified anyway.
<a href="http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm195/ShawnDFreeman/?action=view¤t=Hamanji.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm195/ShawnDFreeman/Hamanji.jpg" border="0" alt="Harmonica; Manji; Hammon; suzuki"></a>
It is hardly noticeable. The post that hold up the cover plate in the back, had to be bent in maybe 1/4 inch. But other than that you hardly notice. Suzuki told me that the extra hole in the reed plate was intentional to allow Hammond and ProMaster covers to be used on the Manji.