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Suzuki Manji vs Promaster

Suzuki's Manji and Promaster are both mid priced professional level harmonicas made in Japan. Let's take a look at the differences between these two models and determine which is the right harp for you.

Like most Japanese harmonicas, both the Manji and the Promaster are tuned to equal temperament, making them particularly suited to single note melodic runs. Chords are slightly less pure than something closer to just intonation, but the differences are small, so don't let this be a major factor in your decision process. Both harmonicas also use the brand's signature phosphor bronze reeds, which offer precise bending and greater longevity than traditional brass reeds, albeit with a small impact on the ease of large bends, at least for beginners.

This is where the similarities end, however, as construction and design of the two harmonicas is remarkably different. The Promaster, like its valved and Hammond variants, uses full length cover plates, and the comb is an all alloy affair. The Manji, in comparison, has a wood composite comb and a more traditional design of stamped reed plates.

Both harmonicas have a raspy, bluesy tone, and are easy to bend. The Promaster is probably the better harp if you have facial hair, as its design seems to result in far fewer painful snags. The Manji, however, is exceptionally airtight, and, with a few tweeks would make an excellent harp for learning overblows on.

The alloy comb on the Promaster gives it a bombproof feel, and this makes it an excellent harmonica for players who need a durable, hard playing harmonica that will last a lifetime. The Manji still feels substantial, but it is lighter in the hands, and feels like a slightly more nuanced instrument, favouring the more thoughtful player.

Suzuki Manji Harmonica (Richter and Natural Minor Tunings)
Suzuki Promaster Harmonica
Harmonica NameSuzuki Manji Harmonica (Richter and Natural Minor Tunings)Suzuki Promaster Harmonica
Harmonica TypeDiatonic HarmonicaDiatonic Harmonica
Number of Holes1010
Comb MaterialCompositeAlloy
Number of Reeds2020
Spare Reeds Available?YesYes
Musical StylesBlues, Rock, Pop, FolkBlues, Rock, Pop, Folk
Available KeysA, B Flat, D, Low F, G, C, F, E, B, E Flat, G High, F Sharp, D Flat, A Flat, A - Natural Minor, C - Natural Minor, D - Natural Minor, B Flat - Natural MinorA, B Flat, D, Low F, G, C, F, E, B, E Flat, G High, F Sharp, D Flat, A Flat
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