Greetings from the UK. Been looking at this site for a week or so now, so decided to join. Total noob, never played a harp, always wanted to.
OK - I’m a (not very good) bass player but my left hand last 3 fingers are getting really painful - either arthritis/carpel tunnell - something like that. I work in IT - or did till Christmas when I was made redundant - so that may have exaserbated the issue - but sadly it’s getting to the point where after nearly 30 years I can’t play any more. So I’m looking for something else I can still have fun with and jam with - so at 48 years old, I’m going to start learning the harmonica. I’m insanely jealous of those pros who make it look so easy and sound so amazing, and I’ve wanted to do this for years. Well, now I have the time to learn.
I love blues and jazz, but really open to lots of styles. But it’ll always come back to blues sooner or later.
So - Special 20 or Big River? Having heard a few sound clips of both, the BR seems to have a mellower sound and the 20 seems a bit brighter - it that right? Personally, I think I prefer the BR sound - but always happy to learn and be corrected. Having said that though, the Blues Bender has good reviews as well and is a little more affordable.