Next Harmonica Upgrade

I’m currently doing the Beginner-to-Boss course, and when I’m done (and have saved up a little), I’m thinking of purchasing a new, more advanced harmonica for myself. I currently have an EastTop T008K diatonic in the key of C, which was my first harmonica, and a Lee Oskar in the key of C that I got for B2B. I don’t want to spend over $150, but I’m flexible. One idea I had was a Hohner Crossover. What are your suggestions for my next harmonica?

Thank you,
Lucas

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I started out with a Special 20 and upgraded to a Crossover. Unfortunately for me the Crossover was a Monday/Friday harp and it never played well, even after I sent the harp to Mike Peace to work on it. No more Crossovers for me. Although I really like the sound of the Special 20, I don’t like the sharp corners. I had to sand a corner down because it was cutting my lip. I then tried a Seydel 1847 and found my harp. No sharp corners, plays well and is easy to disassemble to clean. And I really like the sound of the harp. I too have an Easttop and found that it sounds different than the Hohner and Seydel. I still play the Easttop in my car and have also have used it to learn how to bend, the Seydel had a learning curve that the Easttop helped me climb. I bought my harp from Rockin’ Ron’s with a custom Andrew Zajac comb, very very happy with my 1847’s.

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Hello @ladreyer503,

buy the harp you like for the future.
Every player has their own personal preferences. Some prefer wooden bodies, others plastic, stainless steel reeds or brass ones. Opinions differ, as every player is also different.

Get all the common pitches for the future. What do you want to play?
Only blues, swing, jazz, etc.?

This is also important when making a decision! Do you play for yourself and solo pieces or in a band?
I, for example, don’t commit to a genre. That’s why I have various GOOD models with wooden and plastic bodies as well as brass and stainless steel. I have several harps in one pitch in C, A, G.

Are you even more confused now? Sorry!

I can reassure you, if you play and learn all the time, you will never have enough harps! There are too many good harps, but there is also junk.
Don’t buy a cheap harp!

Learn from your experiences and don’t buy spontaneously.

Regards Astrid :woman_in_lotus_position:

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Hi @ladreyer503, a good subject but as @AstridHandbikebee63 suggests, you might end up even more confused as everyone will have a different opinion. I have not played a crossover. I have special 20s, a golden melody and a rocket amp. I like them all, but the rocket amp is my favorite. It’s in the key of A which I also really like.

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Exactly @PapaCurly, I like these harps too! I have the old Golden Melody though.
I particularly like the Rocket Amp. I played it in the keys of C, G and A. No problems, easy to play and pleasant on the mouth and hands.

Regards Astrid :woman_in_lotus_position:

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Okay thanks. Do you recommend to get the Seydel customized?

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Which Seydel 1847 is it, Classic or silver? Now I’m looking into the Seydel😄

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The extent of the customizing I had done to the 1847 classic was purchasing the harp with a custom comb. Because I don’t like the feel of wood-reminds me of a popsicle stick and gives me the heebie jeebies! :flushed: Buying the harmonica from RR’s provided the added advantage of a sanded reed plate and knowing that the comb is very flat. You should listen to what draws you in, what are you more likely to play everyday?

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Do you think the Seydel 1874 Silver, with a solid polymer comb would be a good option? To answer you, I’m not sure, I also play guitar and I thought harmonica could be a good addition to my playing. I’m currently part way through Beginner-to-boss so I’m really not that good. I want a well-rounded harmonica that I can play different things on.

Try a Rocket in Bb - a mind blower. :smiley:

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Jonah Fox just did a review of 1847’s. Check it out.

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Okay I’ll check it out.

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@ladreyer503 If you wanna treat yourself, I’d recommend picking up a Crossover from Todd Parrott and choosing your own custom comb for him to install. I think he charges $100 + shipping? You can messenger him on FB, and then he’ll show you the options of combs he has. They’re beautiful. :heart_eyes:

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Thank you for the suggestion. I personally don’t have FB so I sent him a message directly from his website including my email. Is the Crossover what you would recommend or are there any other harps that you do?
Thank you and happy Fourth of July :us:,
Lucas

Lee Oscar is a good harp - Although I have heard overblows aren’t a good thing on those… Although that is just hearsay, I can’t overblow myself!

I would get a different stock harp in another key. A, G, D, and F are really common, and will open up a whole new world of music!

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Would you recommend getting another key of LO or try a different harp? What key should I try first?
Thanks

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I really like LO, but I don’t like knowing I am limited with overblows on them. My personal favorite right now is Seydel Session Steels.

I have played Suzuki Manjis, and while I really liked them, they corroded and the company would not back me up with their warranty.

Easttop makes a nice harp -I think it was the TK22 - but they leave a chemical taste after playing.

I have a Hohner Special 20…which I think is good, although boring. Tone is nice, and it is playable, but it isn’t stellar in any regard that I’ve noticed.

My Session Steels have great sound, are easy to play, are stainless…so hopefully will never corrode, and have a cool orange comb. Really nice harp, but pricey. .

Overblows aren’t played all the time, and actually I never had a song that requires them yet in 2 years of playing. I think LO is a fantastic harp, and well worth the money. The company will back you up and has good customer service.

As for next keys, “G, A, C, D, F, and Bb” are the most common. I recommend poking around Harptabs.com for what kind of music you want to play, and buy the key you need. The key of ‘A’ is extremely common, and if I were to blindly recommend one key, “A” would be it.

Hope this helps!

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It does thanks!

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I love my crossovers! I also like the Hohner marine band deluxe and seydel 1847 . I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them . Still playing my first crossover after 4 years.

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Okay thanks. I’ve heard that the Marine bands can be uncomfortable on the lips and that the S20s and Crossovers are an upgrade to them. Would you recommend the 1847 silver with a solid polymer comb? Also did you get the 1847 customized?

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