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Great starter harmonica

Advantages: plastic comb, easy to play, good for beginners and intermediates
Disadvantages: range of sound

The Hohner Special 20 - in key C because that's the key most playing is done in, on diatonic harmonicas - is a great harmonica for both beginners and intermediates. It's easy to play because of the plastic comb (the bit in between the harmonica's two meta ...

FK123 19.01.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Hohner Special 20 Handmade C

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Great harmonica

Advantages: Great to play
Disadvantages: None...except price perhaps.

The Marine Band by Hohner is a classic harmonica, it was my first years ago, and was good to learn on. It also lookes very good, with polished metal with etchings offset by the wooden comb (the bit in between the metail parts, where the holes are). Th ...

FK123 11.11.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Hohner Marine Band in 12 Hole C

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Yamaha Student trumpets

Advantages: Good quality and always reliably in tune.
Disadvantages: Cost a bit more than similar student trumpets.

Yamaha have been making musical instruments for over one hundred years and I have always found their brass instruments to be reliably in tune, which is not always the case with other student trumpets. Since about 1980, they have always had a student in ...

johnalderton 01.03.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Yamaha Trumpets

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Alexander model 103 and related instruments

Advantages: Beautiful sound, hand made
Disadvantages: Not ideal for beginners

I currently play on an Alexander 103, which I have owned now for many years. However, perhaps a little background first... I started off as a tenor horn player when I was about 11-12. I played that for a couple of years and then moved on to the french ...

newc0597 04.05.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Alexander French Horns

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Lovely Horn - still the best

Advantages: Lovely sound ,responsive instrument
Disadvantages: Not a 'big' sound

I've played on the same Alexander (103,gold brass, fixed bell) for more than 30 years and still appreciate it's qualities. It is very responsive and lovely tone throughout it's range. I use quite a small mouthpiece (Alex 3)so the lowist notes are more o ...

hornman 29.12.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Alexander French Horns

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