American Ace

Well… surprisingly the American ace harp is low costing , but i found many people giving it the thumbs up.
So i was wandering any1 here had an experience with the American Ace harps?? 8)

Ty all and have Fun ;D

A new one on me…

Who makes it? Hohner; Suzuki; Oskar??

It’s a Hohner, but I don’t know anything about it. Special 20s are terrific.

Well if you believe that you get what you pay for in haromonica’s
it can’t be that good

But Hey Never Tried One So Don’t Know ???

Harp On!!

Yeah, okay, that’s what I thought. These are just inexpensive (cheap) Hohner speciality harps. As in:

And yes, I actually had one of the above at one time, so I know of what I speak.

Henceforth, don’t believe all the ‘Thumbs Up’ you may have seen on them; as they come from absolute novices. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…However…) Yet more importantly:

Unless you want to collect some of the them for whatever reason – And/or you’re prepared to go into them to work on to actually make them work – And/or you’re going to lead a beginner children’s class and have them on hand as give-aways:

I’d say avoid at all costs.

If you really want to learn this instrument with a good OOB (Out Of Box) harmonica –

Might as well go with the majority on this and invest in the Spec20 C.

Of course, in the final analysis, the choice is always yours!

Good luck!


Keep on Harpin’!

JP, Barry, and SPD have convinced me that I should spend what little I will have for a new harp on Spec 20’s. The thought of so many of our people getting so many great ones OOB is the seller to me. If I had the money, I’d buy some of everything just for fun and experience.
I bought a Chicago Blues harp just so I could experiment on it and not mess up my Lee Oskar. Opened up, it’s a plexiglass toy. Not worth experimenting on. (Plays like a flat tire full of nails and fix-a-flat too).
I have a couple of cheapo harps, now I want the good stuff. (LO not included in that last comment…it sounds pretty good to me).
I’m spending my money on Spec 20’s until I get a whole 9 yard ammunition belt of them.
BUT!!! I still want my chromatic someday.


You can start and end here with them Spec20s, BB:

Don’t forget this nicely packaged set ;D

Harp On!!

I have a F.R. Hotz American Ace. I’ve been doing some research. I assume mine is from the 20s as the box has WW1 style bi-planes, it was my Great Grandfather’s. I’ve notice later ones, they upgraded the picture of the planes to something of the period. I read some where that FR Hotz was bought out by Hohner, but that was on an eBay ad, so I’m not sure if that is accurate or not.

I do have a question (sorry about the thread hijack), but what should I do with an old harp?

Document what you have…

Take some good pictures…

And contact Richard Sleigh who loves old harps and can probably let you know more about it:

Good luck!

Rock on, yo!