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Manji now on sale in UK

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Sep 28, 2009 7:22 PM GMT

Manji now on sale in UK @ £54

I love suzukis but not at thaat price, not when they were being sold for $40 at spah

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Sep 29, 2009 8:49 AM GMT
HARPMAN Replied:

Hi, MANJI is selliing at next month 10 in JAPAN.

Cost is $37.

I ordered A,B♭,C,D.

Sep 29, 2009 11:02 AM GMT
Dai Replied:

Looks like we are getting screwed in th eUK again

Sep 29, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I'm still waiting for mine to come in and this is at the US price of $40.00. Man, where Dai is, he gets whacked with that freaking VAT tax hard. BTW, that site he mentions is an excellent site that I've bought some things that weren't available here in the USA.

Sep 29, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
HARPMAN Replied:


Yes, I ordered 4MANJI M-20.

And 20% discount price at shop.

Sep 30, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
Dai Replied:

I think I will wait a while as the price might come down in a few months. From what I've seen in other forums most people in the UK will not want to pay that much for the Manji. I could probhably buy it from Rocking Ron cheaper (that's with shipping).

Oct 01, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

Anyone know when the new Marine Band Crossover is coming out?

Oct 01, 2009 1:13 PM GMT
luke j Replied:

I was looking forward to the Manji coming out but £54 is waaaaaay too much for me. Thats about twice the US price. Mr Suzuki will have to bring this price down or I'll not buy one. I'd pay £40 max. Harmonicas direct have the crossover for pre order and say it'll be out sometime this month

Oct 01, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I just got notified today that Rockin' ron just got his shipment in and is sending me one in the key of A, and including shipping charges, it's a total of $45.00 US.

Oct 02, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I had never heard of them until I ordered directly thru Suzuki USA, who then referred all retail sales on their site to his. This is an early look, and so we need to see how well he does, but C2C'a reputation from others as well as my ow personal dealings of any online harp store has been hands down best by far, and until it closed down, F & R Farrell for buying chromatics.

Oct 03, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
Dai Replied:

glad to see you guy's can get your harps at a decent price. Just a pity the Manji is so expensive for us in the UK. I think th eprice will drop in a few months.

Oct 03, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
Joe Replied:

They get even better with a little TLC.

Oct 04, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
Joe Replied:

I just got a few in the available keys and like the way the notes "feel" and sound. I'm working on optimizing them and so far I'm impressed with how well they respond to my process.

Unlike the "other" harp manufacturer, this isn't clever marketing of the same old thing in a new wrapper to separate you from your money. It's completely different from the other Suzuki models in several ways, most importantly the reeds. And as good as it is out of the box, it gets even better withknowledgeableattention paid to the details.

Oct 04, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
Dai Replied:

I wish I could get one shipped from the states but, like you say the tax.

Oct 05, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I just got mine the other day, and so far, this is the bestAsian made harp I've ever played, and definitely doesn't sound like one because right off the bat, they use a long slot reed, as the vast majority of Asian made harps are short slot reeds and the tone of that tends to be too thin for my taste and this has more of the snap and bite and deeper, fatter tone more like a classic vintage Marine Band. It also seems to overblow pretty easily out of the box, tho the hard core OB'ers will definitely tighten the gap setting even more. The comb feels more like wood than plastic and the tuning is a comprimise tuning that's somewhere inbetween what Hohner uses for both it's MB/MBD/Sp 20's and the MS series. Since I only got one, I hope they're much more consistent than Hohner is when it comes to that tuning bexcause ever since they went to the cpmprimise tunings, consistency has been a big problem they still haven't fully addressed yet.

Oct 15, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
Adam P Replied:

My Manji in A just arrived courtesy of harmonicas-direct. Yes I paid the £54.00 price tag but I already think it's worth it. Over the years I've tried most diatonics and this is probably the best one out of the box yet. Very easy to play, sweet tone and nice and loud. Not as tinny as some of the far eastern harps can be, although saying that I quite like the Hammond. I usually play Hohner Special 20's because they're pretty reliable out of the box and I like the feel of them to play. The Manji has a similar feel to these harps although borrows more from the Marine band in it's construction and vented covers. The back is nice and open as well which saves me a job as I usually open the covers on new special 20's when I get them.

In terms of overblows/draws it scores pretty highly out of the box. On mineholes1, 5 and 6 overblow absolutely fine with some bendability on the 6 hole, but hole 4 was a little hard to sustain so I'll probably need to make some

Oct 15, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
Adam P Replied:

Sorry guys, Not sure what's gone wrong with my posting there!

Oct 15, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

The out of the box gap setuyp is fine for overblows but when regapped further, they're even better. I know the hard core OB'ers are gonna be doing exactly that. Since this uses long slot reeds rather than the short slot reeds that are typically used on Asian harps, the tone is definitely fatter sounding and the OB's are more stable as a general rule. Part of the extra cost is the fact that like the Seydel 1847's, the reeds are made of stainless steel and not brass, which is much cheaper and a considerably softer metal than stainless steel is.

Mar 10, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
BttBone Replied:

Rockin Ron is a fantastic vendor. I have purchased several harmonicas from him and he always has the best pricing and service. I am glad to see is selling the new Manji. I will have to get in an order.

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