Re: special 20, THE newbie harmonica of choice?

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Posted by Jezzmund on January 19, 2003 at 16:25:36:

In Reply to: special 20, THE newbie harmonica of choice? posted by dmanrevived on January 18, 2003 at 17:31:36:

One minor consideration in the SP20 vs. LO debate is the size of your mouth. The LO is definitely thicker, which is a drawback if you have a small mouth. If your mouth is large enough it can help with your embouchure (making you open wider).
Both harps are great, so take your pick. Another option (and my personal favorite) is a Hohner Golden Melody.
Eventually you will want several harps, there is ample opportunity to expand your horizons in that respect. Happy to have you in our community.
Blow your brains out,

: I've finally decided that I want to take up harmonica playing. I have about 10 years of music background on violin and bass guitar, so I won't be having problems with note-reading and such. I'm just not sure about which harmonica to get. I see that this site suggests the Hohner Special 20 and the Lee Oskar one, but my local music store only has the special 20 along with a few other Hohners. I know that the site says the special 20 is great and all, but we all know sometimes the players themselves have different opinions. Do you guys really think the special 20 is a good newbie harmonica? Thanks. And while I won't be getting lessons, would it be better to buy a book to learn from or does the internet pretty much teaches everything?

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