Low Tuned Harmonicas

Ironically it was a specialist shop I was trying to buy from. However I’ve just found that the UK branch of Amazon are still offering Golden Melody D, so while I’d not normally get a harp from there, on this occasion I’ve broken that rule and placed an order so I can have an ‘original’ GM for comparison (& I’m sure it will be a great harp in its own right too).

Edited for typo correction.


@deanna.m.cooney - welcome to the forum! So happy to have you here.

I would NOT worry about bothering the neighbors IF you have your windows closed. I’m the same way, I used to be so paranoid about waking up my family and then discovered the harmonica does not travel between walls as much as it seems like it would.

The advice to play quiet is also FANTASTIC advice, given also by the great Paul Butterfield. Playing VERY QUIETLY requires immense breath control and puts healthy demand on your technique.




Do you have any insight, recommendations, or a video review of the MB Thunderbird? I saw a brief review page with the Hohner video, but was wondering if you’ve had a chance to check one out.

I recently heard some riffs with a Thunderbird and WOW! That tone!! I love the tone of my MB Crossover, but there’s something captivating about that low Thunderbird tone that just reached out and grabbed me! Then reading this post and doing some additional research, it seems like it’s basically a low-tuned Crossover! That alone is enough to pique my interest, if not sell me outright! But if you have any insight, that would be very much appreciated!

It seems my list of future harmonicas is growing quickly!



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Hey @pnicholas1967 I don’t have any Thunderbirds, BUT you are correct that they are what Hohner calls their Low Tuned Crossovers.

I do have low tuned Lee Oskars, and I love them. You are GUARANTEED to LOVE the Thunderbirds if you’re digging that down low sound. :wink:


Thanks, @Luke!! I greatly appreciate your insight! I know I’m a beginner, but the addiction has already taken hold!

I bought a Thunderbird and a Rocket earlier this week! Both are phenomenal, but I have to say the Crossover and the Thunderbird are hands down the easiest and funnest to play! I love the way you can feel the Thunderbird vibrate as you play and how it keeps resonating even after you stop! Very Cool! …and that tone… definitely a Hohner MB fan!!


SICK! Yeah I gotta try a Thunderbird one day…

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Hey @pnicholas1967 I found you a SICK Thunderbird performance vid. Check out my many Joe Filisko!


It’s great to have low keys, especially E, Eb, and F if you’re trying to play backing parts.

Suzuki Manji comes in Low C, D, Eb, E, and F. I have all and each played well OOTB. I had a Bushman in Low F (haven’t read about other keys). It was aight.

The Brendan Power Lucky 13 “Bass Blues Harmonicas” come in all 12 keys. They don’t get the shelf space in music stores but easy to buy online. I like the four I have. As easy to play as a standard sized diatonic. Rich tone. Quoting from their site so you don’t have to research them:

  1. World’s first 13-hole harp!
  2. Exactly 4 octave range in Richter tuning, with lower octave tagged on to normal 10-hole range.
  3. The same hole spacing as a normal 10-hole harp! That means it’s easy to adapt to.
  4. Comfortable smooth coverplates, bottom cover raised at the bass 1. end so the draw reeds never rattle.
  5. Solid comb, flat-sanded.
  6. Look-Dots on the comb, for easy navigation on this larger harp.
  7. Durable phosphor-bronze reeds.
  8. Thick chromed reedplates, secured with 11 screws for uniform airtightness.