Re: Hohner Hot Metal

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Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on August 17, 2001 at 15:38:11:

In Reply to: Hohner Hot Metal posted by Mark Hackshaw on August 17, 2001 at 12:14:43:

: Dear Harmonicalessons,

: Thanks for The explanation of the key of a mouth organ.
: I recently came across a harp- Hohner Hot Metal-
: but on the under-side it says "Made in China" and
: it is relatively cheap so I have two questions.
: Firstly does Hohner have a franchise in China, or something
: like that,so that they produce harmonicas in China or do
: they produce harmonicas only out of Germany because
: I remember seeing a Marine Band Hohner that said
: "Made in Germany" and "since 1896", but on this
: Hohner Hot Metal it does not say "since 1896".
: Secondly could this be an imitation "rip-off" of Hohner
: and is it okay to buy such a harmonica, because it does have
: the "trade mark" removable plate cover to replace the reed plate
: which is typical of Hohner harmonicas.
: Thanks for the prompt response last time on the key of the
: mouth organ and as always thank you for attention this time.
: God bless.

: Yours Respectfully,
: Mark Hackshaw.

Hey Mark,
My advice is to try out the Hot Metal harmonica. My personal favorite is the Special 20 (which is made in Germany), but the Hot Metal really isn't a bad harmonica. Unlike some of the other budget-priced harmonicas, the Hot Metal harmonica is available in keys other than C or G. Although many
qualified musicians advise buying a high-quality instrument, the cheap ones are OK for practice. One thing that must be said for a cheap harmonica is that it doesn't cost much to replace.
I will spare you my further opinions and refer you back to the harmonicalessons web site, which is a goldmine of competent advice. As you gain experience, you can draw your own opinions.
Wishing you success in your endeavors,

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