Posted by chuck on November 29, 2002 at 11:57:59:
In Reply to: Hohner Big River Harp? posted by Armando on November 29, 2002 at 08:04:09:
: I have this harp in "C" and I've never heard it mentioned...it is great for learning, but I wonder if it is a good model?
They're a good harp for a beginner because they are relatively inexpensive and in my opinion, are one of the easier harps with which to learn to bend. I took a beginner harmonica class at the local jc about a year ago and the Big River is what the instructor handed out to everyone. You can also buy replacement reed plates for the Big River although they can cost more than a new Big River. Maybe the replacement reeds are better? I met this harp player, Red Archibald, of Red Arcibald and the Internationals, at a street fair a while back and I had him autograph my Big River harp and as he signed it he told me that that's what he plays.
Here's what the Hohner Web site says about the Big River:
"A quality, mid-priced model made in Germany. The Big River Harp is part of Hohner's automated Modular System (MS) production and features:
Improved reed design for long life and bright tone
Airtight body for increased volume
Contoured covers that project sound and are comfortable to hold
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