Well, I’m not that good of a player, but the 2 custom harps that I have are supper! I can defiantly tell the differance. Sure, you need to get somewhat accomplished to justify a custom harp. But, hey! This is my hobbie and if I want /or can afford a custom harp, why not?
Note: the 2 I have are BETA 1, Key D and Key D. If you are going after a sweeter sound or quicker response. Then by all means get a Custom harp. Now which one or who from is entirely up to you. I happen to really enjoy my 1847 Classic Beta 1 key D harp. It’s my favorite! Does it make me a better player? No, but it’s fun and it’s mine. I also have not played a Manji or a Marine Band, so I don’t know what they are like. I suppose that what ever harp you choose, you will like it or hate it. My first harp is/was a Hohner Blues Harp Key C, It got me started and I don’t really like it. I also have a Hohner Golden Melody, I really dislike that harp also. I’ve stumbled upon the Seydel’s after seeing Christel Lester play “Hallalujia” on a Seydel. I bought one and that’s the harp for me. Since I’ve gotten Ben’s Beta’s, I really like them.
I have Richard Sleigh’s TurboCharge Your Harmonica and Harmonica for Dummies, so I have been playing with a couple of Special 20’s that were given to me. I’ve brought the D back to life and am working on an E.
I will purchase another harp from Ben, just haven’t decide which one.
When I get comforable on the cheeper harps I plan on setting upo one of my own Seydel’s. Wish me some skill and a big magnifing glass!!
P.S. Sorry this post is so long, I guess I just started rambling and couldn’t stop!