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HARPMANApr 02, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
I like it, orderd F&G.
It was main harmonica.
See photo http://ameblo.jp/harpman/entry-10235426328.html
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This model has been out of production for almost 10 years and was only sold in Europe. It has the exact same reed plate as has been used in the MS Blues Harp, Pro Harp and Big River models, and the same doussie wood comb as used in the MS Blues Harp model and, the cover plartes are exactly the same as the Big River, except for the engraving on the top cover plate. Many pros in the USA got the original prototype sent to us in 1991, and those of us who tried it absolutely hated it and quite a number of US pros who had endorsement deals with Hohner threatened to dump them if they even dared to bring into the USA. It also failed miserably in Europe because most of the pros hated them too and often would buy them from the online stores in the USA because the standard "hand made" version weren't being sold in there. At the time, they were still using a very hard brass and shorter slot reeds, and many pros had problems with the bends on anything lower than key of C because of that plus for many, it sounded far too much like a Lee Oskar for their taste. I was one of the players who got a chance to play it and I clearly was unimpressed by it. Had they set it up with the longer slot reeds they converted to in 1996 and the reed plate setup that the Cross Harp uses, and the sealed maple comb that Mark lavoie has (see his site http://www.middlebury.net/lavoie for these combs), they would've been more positively recieved.