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Reed TrillerJun 22, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
Are these any good? I am just wondering because I saw a bunch of sets of 7 for $30 a set with a case.
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They are pretty crappy harps. But you may be able to work on them to make them more playable.
Might be worth it for the case they come in though.
But as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
I won`t waste my time then :)
Right off the bat, they're made in China and I've yet to play a Chinese made harp worth a damn. They're primarily for a beginner only because beginners are gonna be brutally hard on harmonicas and better to have them blow out a Chinese cheapie than a really good one.
Although . . . you could look at it like this:
For the price of one MB/SP20/GM, etc.,you get adecent seven harp travel case and SEVEN FREELOW COST HARPS!Use these to carry/goof around untill they are out of tune or fail some way, then usethem as practice harps for teaching yourself to tune/repair your own harmonicas. If you break a reed, no big deal. If youthrow it agaist the wall after attempting your first tuning, again no big deal. Cheap way to learn. Then buy some better harps to put in your caseas your every day car-kit set. If a wannabe harpster thinks of stealing your case, he may not want to beseen with the Piedmont brand, sort of a theft deterrent too!
I picked up a set of these from Guitar Center for less than 21.00 out the door. If you just have a few harmonicas and find it hard to jam with your favorite music these little harps will help you.... cant beat the price for the 7 major keys plus the case lol.... good luck
This is exactly what I'm doing. As previously stated, they're pretty bad. But since these were my first harps, I didn't know the difference. When someone pointed out how crappy they were I bought a set of Kay Chicago Blues. They look more like real harps (no plastic covers), but I got scolded again. Doh!
So, after saving up my nickels and dimes, I've replaced most of them and bought a tool kit. The poor orphans have become the target of my learning and experimentation.
The case is still good, though, and I can't find a better one for $20 anywhere. Thanks, Hohner!
Both of those are made in China, and Chinese made harmonicas, as a general rule, have a very poor track record of manufacturing quality since the 1980's.
I use the case for seven good harps. I haven't played a piedmont in awhile, but they were quieter than the one blues harp i hadwhen I got them. I could bend them okay. they were just quiet. Sounded okay amp'd up. They definitely aren't as playable as their more expensive cousins. I have special 20s, marine bands and blues harps..even one big river. they are all better. Suzukis rock too.
They're alright for the price. I'd recommend them for a someone just starting out or just getting into jams who might need an array of harps at a reasonable price. But I'd recommend something "higher end" than that if you've been gigging for a while. It's seven harps for the price of one Marine Band so probably not Hohner's highest quality product manufactured.