Re: hohner Meisterklasse- Maybe not

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Posted by Stan Besaw on June 19, 2001 at 00:21:38:

In Reply to: hohner Meisterklasse posted by Jeff Walenta on June 16, 2001 at 13:44:39:

Unlike plastic and wood combs, there is no give whatsoever in metal on metal. If you happen to get lucky and get a Meisterklasse or any other metal comb harmonica that is milled precisely, and the reed plates that come with are also very flat, you will have a great harmonica. If not, you have spent a lot of money for a "neat" looking harmonica that doesn't play well. I have not found that the consistency of airtightness is not great in the Meisterkasse diatonics. I don't recommend them for the price.

On the other hand, they can be taken apart and surface ground down to tight tolerances if you are willing to go the extra mile. A fellow named Joe Filisko, out of Chicago, made a brass comb with lee oskars reed plates for me many years ago and it kicks major butt.

Be careful, regardless of what you hear, the quality of sound from a diatonic is less based on the type of comb material and more based on the actual airtightness and most importantly, the player. I have many different diatonics from numerous manufacturers, with all types of wooden combs, plastic combs, metal combs, stock and custom cover plates, etc. The best sounding (and playing) ones are the most airtight.

Good luck,

: Hi

: i was just wondering if anyone here has ever played or owned a Meisterklasse.

: every site i find with reviews normaly does not include this harp

: jus wondering what everyones thoughts are on it

: thanx

: Jeff Walenta

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