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When Carrying A Single Harmonica Around

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Reed Triller
Jul 03, 2009 8:51 AM GMT

What do you carry it in?

I have one with me almost all the time as I am new to the harmonica and like to have it with me to practice whenever the mood hits and I have spare time.

Originally tried carrying one of mine around it the case it came with but man those cases are bulky!

Then I tried just putting it in my pocket sans case.Pocket lint galore!

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Jul 03, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
Uncle Darrin Replied:

You can get a leatherharp holder just about anywhere that loops on your belt like the ones made for knives. Hohner make one, I use it everyday. People think you have a knife on your belt belt but other than that it's handy and a damn site easier than carrying around the case...

Jul 04, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Darrin,,,,,,are there any rivets or other metal surfaces exposed inside?

Jul 04, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
blogward Replied:

Golden Melody in a Seydel leather pouch. The GM has the central cover support, and the leather pouch is the best part of a Seydel;)

Jul 04, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Cumberland Custom cases makes a "Pocket Pouch." Very compact, all leather, no rivets. Btw, I use a Cumberland Custom flat diatonic case on stage to hold my performing set of 13 harps. Compact and practical way to stay organized. Never have to fumble around looking for the right harp when a tune/key gets called.

Jul 04, 2009 12:29 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Yeah Jeff Spoor at Cumberland Custom cases is the man to get a pouch from. He also makes the best damn mic gaskets in the world!

Jeff is also a really great guy to deal with!

Jul 04, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
Uncle Darrin Replied:

Ray: Yeah, one brass rivet for the snap, but I haven't had any problem with it scratching anything... again, quite handy to have

Jul 04, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
Nick Replied:

If you want to use something for now before you have to buy anything as I have, I use my pocket tool (u know the pliers with the knifes, punch screw drivers, etc) pouch and wear it on my belt. It works just fine for me.

Jul 04, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
Maciek D Replied:

I use a Seyedel leather case that came with my Blue Solist. I think it's a good way to carry the harp.

Jul 04, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

I sell beltcases. They are about $13, italian leather, magnetic snap. The one that comes with the Seydel harps is fine as long as you don't carry in your hip pocket. first time you kneel down, it'll get crushed.

Jul 04, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Dave,I don`t see them on your site.

Jul 04, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I use the single case that looks like im carring a small knife. It has a belt loop, its made of leather, and has a snap.

I think Hohner makes the one I bought, but im sure you can one from any maker.

abner (BluEyes, going to a party)

Jul 04, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I forgot I have tons of nylon belt cases for knives somewhere. I use to collect knives.Now, finding them is the issue,lol.

Jul 05, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

check in the last place you look, thats were they are.

abner (BluEyes, sorry)

Jul 05, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

The last time I looked for something I purposely looked in one more place just to prove the saying wrong! I`m gonna be such a cantacoris old man!

Jul 07, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:

There is plenty of great ways carry just one harp, but my question is, which one do you carry?

I understand that "C" is the kind of "Home Plate" of keys, but I find that there are fewer blues songs in "G" (Cross Harp).

I have a personal preference to playing my "D" harp for some reason, but that doesn't necessarily also work. For some reason however, I just like playing it better then my other harps.

So if you could only take one harp with you, no matter what the case, which key would you pick?

Jul 07, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:


...."always work." ... doen't necessarily always work....

Jul 07, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

HF,Being still new to the harp(a month at most) I am still deciding.Right now I lean toward A,C and G.

My Golden Melody which is right now my favorite compared to my Special 20s, is a C.I bought it from a local player who got it from a friend, played it a couple minutes and hated how it felt.I mainly bought it because it was such a good deal still being in brand new condition.15 bucks.

Jul 08, 2009 2:54 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

I just use a dollar nylon knife case that I got at the corner hardware store. I go through 1 of them every month or 2, and every so often I will lean up against it and crush the lids a bit but it works pretty well for me. I was looking at the one at Elk River and it looks to be the best that I have seen, unfortunatly I do not use leather so I will still be looking something harder made of nylon.

As for which harp I have on me, I usually carry around my Db. I havent really heard of many people talk about using this key but I think it is awesome. If I am working on something in another key I will most likely have whichever harp is needed.

Jul 08, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Very few people play Db harps, and the only time I've ever had to use one was when I was working in a band with a 5 piece horn section and I was playing as part of that, largely playing it in Ab, horns are more likely to be playing in flatted keys than a guitar player or a piano player would.

Jul 09, 2009 7:29 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I always carry Seydel 1847 Bb (actually don't like harp, and never play it live so It'll not be so pitty to loose or break reed) in Seydel leather case (great case) in my pocket. + GM E, 1847 G, Special 20 low D in my small bag (along with PDA, keys and documents) and 12 harmonicas in case in my big bag.

Jul 09, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I just got an idea for a belt case.It would have to be custom made though.So,itll be expensive but worth it I think.

Jul 09, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
Judge Replied:

I have two Cumberland cases which are just superb little harmonica sheaths.

I carry a harp for the JuJu, just in my pocket.

Generally carry a C or Bb.


Jul 09, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Yeah Bob the only other person Ive heard mention Db was on a Gussow video where he says he cant think of any songs using that key but loves it anyways. I got it specifiaclly to play a rockabilly type song with a band and from the first time I played it I have been hooked.

Jul 10, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:

I think it was Jimi Lee who showed me a custom harmonica where he (or someone) took two different key harmonicas and combined it into one. If I remember correctly, the reed plates where cut between the 5th and 6th reed. Then the 1-5 reed plate from the 1st harmonica was placed next to the 1-5 reed plate of the 2nd harmonica (Repeated on both sides). It was something like an Eb and a Bb (2nd and 1st position) or maybe it was 2nd and 3rd position (Eb and F). The 6-10 reeds where not used.

It was a way to have two keys in one harmonica. (Not to be confused with a Octive harp).

I thought it was Brilliant

Jul 16, 2009 10:19 AM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:

Has anyone ever heard of making two harmonica into one this way? (see below)

Jul 16, 2009 11:31 AM GMT
John P Replied:

I use my Db harp for F minor in Fifth position. Also, I use it for Ab major in second position which is more likely to get called if there are horns in the band, but occasionlly in other situations every now and then, especially if the band is playing jazz material. The harp i've used least over the years B.

Jul 16, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Big Daddy, here is the page with the cases one it:

Jul 17, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
Ricardo Replied:

I like to carry a Cmost days, Bb in some and Low F sometimes depending on what type of tunes are running in my head.

Jul 17, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Funny how some answer without reading the question :)

Jul 17, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
Ricardo Replied:

Hehehe. Either the orignal case it came in with or a small cellphone bag.

Jul 18, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I am turning one of the boxes one of mine came in into a belt case.

Just thought of it last night.

Jul 19, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
Junior Wright Replied:

To keep a harmonica in my pocket I use harmonica cozies from They are little cloth drawstring bags. I put the harp in one bag and then pull another bag over it so no lint or dirt can get in. They are only $1.44 each.

Aug 01, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

'Is that a pistol in your pocket? Or are youhappy to see me?!' (Mae West)

That's whyI ALWAYS carry at least one harp in my pockets (key doesn't matter)and keep up my hopes! ;)

Aug 01, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

Am using leather (sorry!) knife pouches or Seydel harp pouches(came with the harp:)). And usually carry whatever harp I like best at the time, it's a Bb right now. Allows me to exercisewhenever, where ever...

Sep 12, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

Walmart sells a small sd card case in the camera and cell phone acessory isle. It is made by Case Logic and costs 4 bucks. Holds a marine band nicely, and a blues harp more snugly. Big river will not fit. Special 20 will, harpmaster, promaster..basically anything smaller than a big river or other ms series with the plastic comb. Has a belt loop, but I think shirt pocket carry would be better...that's what i do. Harp of choice is marine band in A for me. It is reed tweaked, covers opened and edges smoothed by me. I stop short of embossing and sealing on this one and it plays sweet.

Sep 13, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i bring my gig case or none at all. why just have one if you get the chance to jam with someone?

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