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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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Elkhart 100TH Eb Tenor (Alto) Horn

Advantages: Build quality, appearance and tone. Excellent soft case.
Disadvantages: Very minor intonation issues in the upper register.

For the amazing price of this instrument (I paid around the 150 mark) it is an excellent horn for a player of beginner or intermediate standard. It is beautifully proportioned in the traditional saxhorn style - far more appealing to my eye than the open ...

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Review of Elkhart 100TH Series Eb Tenor Horn

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Great Cornet!

Advantages: Great styling and ease of play!
Disadvantages: Valves Need Lubricating Often.

...I play many brass instruments including the baritone horn and euphonium as well as the cornet. The jupiter JCR-520 is a great little cornet for the money. I learnt to play on this cornet and I haven't been able to put it down since as I find it easier to ...

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Review of Jupiter JCR-520 Bb Cornet in Lacquer

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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 ...

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Review of Yamaha Trumpets

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