LAST EDITED ON Aug-12-07 AT 09:11 PM (PDT)
I know from our previous discussions that you're an experienced player and quite capable of choosing which harmonica works best for you. But (and this is for the folks that read this post sometime in the future -- not directed at you Walt). . .
I strongly recommend that people starting out begin with a good quality harmonica so that their initial problems will be more about their lack of playing experience than about a cheap harmonica that adds additional problems and frustrations.
Most new players quit out of frustration and I hate to see that happen because their first harmonica made it harder to learn than it should have.
For the record, I don't recommend the inexpensive Hohner varieties which include the GLH (Great Little Harp), Pocket Pal, Hot Metal Harps, and numerous others for beginners. 7 out of 10 will leak air and be very difficult to learn to bend on. I base this on having taught in a music store and have literally played a few thousand harmonicas of numerous models over the last 30 years. (I just bought 5 new Hohner Pocket Pals a few days ago for my kids and their friends and only one out of the 5 was even remotely decent).
List of recommended harmonicas-
Here's another recent post with more info-
Harmonica 4 Kids.com
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