Advantages Quality instruments
Disadvantages Need to buy one for each key
Hohner is probably the most famous of the harmonica brands, used on albums such as The Jayhawks’ Hollywood Town Hall (a classic!). There are a range of diatonic harmonicas available, and each in different keys (the notes are arranged in the scale of the key. Keys available include Major, Minor and Natural, plus some other specialist tunings). Some models even come in different sizes (e.g. 10 hole, 12 hole)! Different models are made of different materials: generally, the top and bottom plates (the parts that you hold) are made of steel or aluminium and the comb (the bit in the middle with the holes you blow into) can be made of metal (cross harp), wood (marine band) or plastic (special 20). This creates different tones, reverbs and volumes which can be used in different types of music for different effect. After trying a few, you may find your own preference (mine is probably pear wood as in the Marine Band harmonica).This brand in general has an excellent sound as far as harmonicas go. They are very easy to play, as the shape of the instrument allows your fingers to hold firmly and comfortably. Appearance is excellent, the little etched designs (different for each model) make them look very cool and professional. You can look like you know what you’re doing even if you don’t!
The only thing to watch is that they cost around £16 on average, and you should know that harmonicas can be put out of tune permanently by bad playing! If you are starting out it is better to get a cheaper one to practice on first before buying something nicer, some very cheap practice ones can be about £5. It’s usually not worth buying replacement reeds for a broken instrument as they cost almost as much as the thing itself!So, overall these are excellent instruments.... and maybe before now you didn’t know they were so complicated!
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|How well constructed is it?||very well|
|Range of tones||very rich|
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