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TurboHarp Lids

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Jan 31, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
I was watching some of Steve H's youtube videos and he is playing this cool, clear bodied harp made by TurboHarp. I have never seen or heard of these before so I figured I would poke around and find out some more about them. There website is and on top of making full harmonicas, they also make lids that fit over certain harps. Supposedly the lids make for a more ergonomic grip and look pretty cool. I was wondering if anyone had experience with these lids and if they are worth trying out. They are only $9 so I was about to jsut buy one but I figured I would just ask the new community I have found.

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Jan 31, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

I got 'em on pretty well a full set of SP20's. Colour coded for key.
never pick up the wrong harp (unless it's real dark and I can't tell the dark purple from the black).
I like the wetter darker sound they give and when you play amplified they really add to a horn like quality.
Go for cherry red and licorice jet black. They look awseome.

brian (moose boy, have to tell that story one day! :)

Jan 31, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

I have a few Turbo Lids. I like them on low harps. They are made to fit Special 20's, but I think they have some sort of plastic spacer for use with a Marine Band, but I never tried them on a MB.

They are made to fit your left hand, so depending on how you hold the harp and your embouchure, you may like them or not. I would recommend trying one.

I think they do help improve the sound, and they sure make it easy to do a quick fix on the harp since they just snap together.

I like the Black one best, then the Red. I don't really care for the transparent ones... to me it makes the harp look more 'toy-like', but I may be weird that way.

I have them on a Low F, Low E, and Low Eb. I like to tinker, so I made a few "Turbo Bottoms" out of aluminum stock from the hardware store. My favorite one has pipes coming out the back. There is a photo of it here in my photos section. Its pretty cool ! I made it several years ago, and took way longer than I thought it would, but it was a long cold winter, and I had fun doing it.

Jan 31, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

Oh yeah... who is Steve H ? I would like to see the YouTube videos.

Feb 02, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Thanks guys, looks like I will be trying these out.

Steve's thread is here...

Feb 03, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
Rush Replied:

The lids are designed by a well known heart surgeon...that happens to be a harp player as well. Easy on and off for tuning, light weight, nice tone, ergonomic.........fits Honer special 20's.......and a few others. Glides through your lips and will not snag a mustache. Worth trying out, without a doubt.

Apr 03, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I have two one TurboHarpin T "C" and a TurboHarp BX in "G".

Great customer service. as a surprise my wife got me a case and ord the two harps. But not in the keys I wanted... I email and spoke with Turboharp and we change the keys. About two weeks later I emailed them asking for an eta on delivery... I got a responce that same day saying mine was the secound one out of the gate.

I like the TurboHarp BX more then the regular TurboHarp. im a newbie but i know what i like.

Apr 05, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i have one that i got as a gift. it does lend a different sound for sure, darker, gritty, easier to bend. i am curious- what other combs besides a sp20 will fit a turbolid?

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