I have been playing harmonica for about a month now and currently have 4 stagg harps which i picked up very cheap for testing the waters. I have decided I want to get a decent set; I don’t necessarily want the best, but a nice set which will last me a couple of years, at least.
I’ve been looking and seen that the sets are usually in 5s, 7s and 12s; I am wondering why the 7 set is the most commonly available when there are more keys than that? Is it that B, Db, Eb, F-sharp and Ab are the less used in songs? Or is it just an arbitrary thing?
Also, I’ve kind of decided that if I want to buy a nice(ish) set that a probably want to get a 7 set as all the songs I have tried to play so far are all covered by that range. So I’ve seen a 7 set of Hohner Bluesband for £25 and am strongly considering getting them as they seem to be about right for me. I suppose my question is, should I set my sights a bit higher like the blues harp, special 20 or marine band?
Also, am I limiting myself unduly by sticking with Hohner? To me it seems like safe terratory because I don’t really know the rest of the market that well, but does anyone have any alternative suggestions of comparable quality? If it makes a difference I am mainly looking at learning Bob Dylan and blues.
Thanks in advance for your help