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.
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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