Bro tell me why do you like Lee Oscar so much what differs between special 20 and the rocket to Lee Oscar… “in my Indian voice” "tell me my friend tell me the secrets "
I’m not sure to whom you are addressing your question, but I will give you my reply.
I do not find the Lee Oskar harps to be any better than, for example, a Hohner Special 20 or any of their Rocket models. The one advantage that the Lee Oskar models offer is the option to get other tunings that are all basically identical in construction – so if you like one, then you will most probably also like any of the other tuned ones just as well. What many people do not know is that the Seydel company also offers a huge variety of tunings (even ones that personally design) for a very minimal extra cost.
Harmonica preference is a very individual choice. I personally like the Seydel 1847 Classic models very much, but others find them to require too much effort/air to play. This is most probably simply a question of reed adjustment – at least that is my experience with some of them. But I also notice this (reed adjustment) to be necessary on some of the purchased harps by every other manufacturer I have used.
I’ve never played a Special 20, but if I did, I would most likely enjoy it just as much as my Lee Oskars.
The reason I picked LO over S20 is the labeling
Hi again Slim. How can one test different tunings as very few music stores will allow you to properly test their harps - particularly with Covid lingering. It their an app or demo video?
Hi Robert @robertchartrand2104
I am fairly certain that the only solution is to make the jump into the cold water and simply buy one to try it. There are various youtube videos demonstrating various tunings, but they cannot answer the question “will I like it?”
My postings here with Luke @Luke (as well as his own) concerning alternate tunings are worth reading before making the plunge.
@King_zak it’s good to see you back in the forum again my friend. It’s been awhile! I hope you are well. I agree with everything @Slim said here. It’s totally a matter of personal preference. In short, there’s nothing better about a Lee Oskar than your Special 20 (except for the key labels!)
I fell in love with Lee Oskars at a time when Hohner Harmonica’s were difficult to bend, and then again when I’d switched to Special 20’s and was blowing them out because it happened to be another rough spot for that company and that model, and then again because Lee Oskar reached out to me after I released the blues rap Nowelo project and became my friend and mentor and gave me a whole bunch of harmonicas! So it’s just a very personal thing, as @Slim said. It’s not quantitative AT ALL! (Except for the key labels.)
I would say if you want to explore alternate tunings, the Lee Oskar Natural Minor key of Em (or Am if you like higher harps - it’s comparable to a D harmonica in it’s range) would be a great place to start your explorations!
But what @Slim is saying is you gotta just take the risk and spend the dough to see what awaits you in those waters!
Rock on y’all!
That’s righteous man, i didn’t even know you had a album out put a link so I can go take a look…
LOL. The group is called Nowelo. You can look it up wherever you listen to music. I’m hesitant to post a link because of all the explicit lyrics. This group was a duo consisting of myself playing instruments and producing, and a rapper.
I struggled sometimes with the content of the lyrics, but ultimately made the decision that you can’t censor art. He’s had a very difficult life, and I think writing is his catharsis. We end up parting ways a few months before I started working for Harmonica.com.
But I"m happy to share the one hip hop song I’ver released since then, “Natural High” by Truth Musiq (that’s what many people call me in the music world because I have the word “Truth” tattooed on the back of my head, lol.)
Here’s the Spotify link.
Harmonica solo is at 2:43.
I’ll definitely share stuff I record in the future. I’ve tracked an album of instrumental healing music with my favorite guitar player. Hoping we can get it mixed, mastered, and released before the end of the year…
Rock on @King_zak
Here’s some tips that comes from somebody who owns all three of the harps mentioned.
From what I could tell, the Lee Oskar has a different tuning style compared to the Rocket and Special 20. The tuning style is closer to equal temperment Richter tuning like the Hohner Golden Melody (the axe of choice for me) rather than the Modern Compromise tuning of the SP20 and Rocket. You also have the added benefit of different alternate tunings like the natural/harmonic minors and the iconic Melody Maker.
The LO is designed similarly to an SP20 with the black recessed comb and closed off cover plates. Meanwhile the OG Rocket (which I think you are referring to) has a gray recessed comb and side vents. Unless if you get a Rocket Amp, which is suped up Special 20 (the Rocket is dubbed "the Special 20 on steroids for a reason), the side vents are on every key of the Rocket.
And those are all the main differences I could find between the three harps.
yeah maan i dig the solo good stuff right on
Thanks @Southside_Slim! Much appreciated.
Hi Robert. Even before I became a nurse I would never try a harp before buying it. A harp is as personal a item as your toothbrush. I keep a harp that a friend gave me, they didn’t know where they got it, in my harp bag for when someone is pestering me to let them have a go, but I do tell them why I wouldn’t use it. I was shocked the first time I was told “try it out”. I have been in music stores where they have a bellows kind of thing that you put the instrument in front of and when you pump it, it blows and draws. It gives a fair idea of tone but not feel of course. Unfortunately with technology many of the stores have disappeared. So wonderful to be surrounded by all of those beautiful instruments. Cheers my friend