Posted by Bill on August 12, 2001 at 00:25:55:
In Reply to: Harmonica Type Question posted by Philphil on August 11, 2001 at 21:24:29:
: Hello, I'm very keen on learning how to play the harmonica and after reading a lot of the articles on this webpage and the message board, I've come to the conclusion that the best harmonica to start off with is either a Key C Lee Oskar Diatonic or Hohner Special 20.
: Unfortunately, where I live (Hong Kong), I can't find any vendors selling either of these models. Could you please give me some advice on which of the following models besides the previously mentioned 2, which i should get to start off with, thanks!
: 1. Hohner Great Little Harp
: 2. Hohner Big River Harp
: 3. Hohner Pro Harp(Key of A, because Key of C is sold out in all the outlets *sigh*)
: 4. Some other model?
: And finally yes, I know I can order a Special 20 online, but I'd prefer to leave that as my final solution because shipping takes ages, the prices are a rip (compared to Hong Kong prices e.g. Hohner Pro Harp costs around US$30 online+shipping and US$15 in Hong Kong) and I'd just like to go out and buy one instead of rotting at home waiting =)
Any of the harps you've mentioned are good for starters. The key of A is a little difficult (the lower the key, the more air it takes to get the reed going), So if the Key of B or D is available that might be a better choice... I got some Hohner Bluesband harps for an elementary class I taught and they worked just fine. If you stick w/Hohner or LeeOscar, you should do fine!
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