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Chromatic Harmonicas

The chromatic harmonica contains all natural notes plus all sharps and flats, thus enabling melodies to be played that include all standard Western notes. They come in a range of sizes, but the most popular models have either twelve or sixteen holes, giving a tonal range of three or four octaves. Like diatonic harmonicas, many models can be purchased in a variety of keys, but, as they are, by nature, fully chromatic, key choice is a function of what tonal range is required, and whether a particular pieces of music is more easily played on a specific key of chromatic harmonica.

Hohner Chrometta 12 Harmonica
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Hohner Chrometta 12 Harmonica

£95.49

2 Keys available

The Hohner Chrometta 12 has three complete octaves from C4 up to C7 which provide a tonal range suitable for most classical works.  It has wider channel openings making it easier for the beginner to play single notes. The Chrometta 12 is the third sized harp in the Chrometta series. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05 mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 48 notes, 3 octave range, C-major Length: 16.5 cm Keys: C & G ... Read more
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Hohner Chromonica 48 Harmonica
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Hohner Chromonica 48 Harmonica

£169.00

13 Keys available

The Hohner Chromonica 48 has set standards for chromatic harp manufacturing for several decades. Loved by professionals, it is the mouth organ which is most frequently recommended by teachers all over the globe. Its simple construction makes it an affordable, compact and reliable instrument. The beautifully crafted pearwood comb is optimized for great response over its complete range, from the mellow low octave to the bright and clear top octave. Play sophisticated, tasty jazz melodies! Like the majority of Hohner's chromatic harmonica range, the Chromonica 48 is manufactured in the compay's state of the art factory in Germany. For those looking for the same great tone and playability as the Chromonica 48, but with increased range, check out the 16 hole Chromonica 64. A deluxe version of the Chromonica 48, which updates the standard harp with additional reed plates screws in order to maximise air tightness and thicker reed plates for a fuller sound is also available here. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Nickel 48 Classic chromonica reeds (full 3 octave range) Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Keys: C, D, E, F, F#, G, A, Bb, B, C Tenor. Made in Germany ... Read more
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Hohner CX12 Black Harmonica
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Hohner CX12 Black Harmonica

£189.99

10 Keys available

The Hohner CX12 black is the standard version of the CX12 harmonica and comes in a sleek black case with reed plates of standard thickness. It features all the amazing characteristics of the CX system at great price and is available in several keys, including C Tenor. The CX12 is the chromatic harp for all rock, pop and jazz players. The CX12 is a unique instrument in the world of chromatic harmonicas. Ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the hands, and with tool-free disassembly and reassembly for cleaning, it is very different from traditional chromatics. The ABS cover plates are durable and also form the mouthpiece, ensuring that the CX12 is lip and beard- friendly and is remarkably easy to play. The reed plates are fully concealed behind the mouthpiece, providing a perfectly smooth and fast surface and also eliminating any contact between the player's mouth and metal parts -perfect for those with metal allergies. The CX12 is made in Germany and is available in a wide range of keys, from C Tenor to G. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: ABS Slide Construction: zigzag Mouthpiece Surface: ABS Length: 16.8 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Made in Germany Keys: C, D , Eb , E , F , G , A , Bb , B , C Tenor About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's leading harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. It produced the world's first production chromatic harmonica in the 1920s and has been at the forefront on harmonica design for well over a century.... Read more
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Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel Harmonica
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Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel Harmonica

£219.49

9 Keys available

The Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel Harmonica is a chromatic Mouth Organ with 12 holes, 48 Stainless Steel reeds and orange-tinted acrylic comb and half-moon shaped mouthpiece. The Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel  is the 'little sister' of Seydel's top Chromatic model, the Saxony Chromatic and is equipped with Seydel's unique Stainless Steel reeds. The half-moon shaped silver-plated mouthpiece is designed from scratch and provides wonderful sliding properties. The Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel stands out because of its brilliant and full sound through all registers and amazing tone response, achieved by an extreme airtight and solid construction. The use of anti-corrosive materials for all parts guarantees a long service life and high reliability. Tuning: Solo-Tuning (Contact us if you would like to order the Orchestra-C tuning option) Rich, full sound and fast reed response of the 48 Stainless Steel reeds: High durability and tuning stability even with heavy duty playing Solo tuning: 12 holes correspond to three full octaves, equal temperament, A4 = 443 Hz Galvanic silver-plated mouthpiece with round openings and a half-moon shaped cross-section for better haptic properties  excellent sliding features of a high-end model Smooth and quiet working slider for sensitive and fast playing Reliable valving - approved valve material from the Seydel Saxony Chromatic Less air loss due to optimised tolerances and flatness of the German Silver reed plates Robust and corrosion-free covers made of Stainless Steel High-end CNC milled acrylic comb with ideal air-flow properties in a half-transparent orange finish If you would like to adjust the tonal layout, please contact us with your specifications and The Harmonica Company will accommodate, Special tuning's of any kind can be produced individually and the concert pitch frequency can be altered if needed.    ... Read more
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Seydel De Luxe Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel De Luxe Chromatic Harmonica

£159.99

3 Keys available

The Seydel De Luxe Chromatic is the entry point to Seydel's chromatic harmonicas and is one of the least expensive German-made chromatics on the market. The basic design of the De Luxe Chromatic is the same as the De Luxe Steel Chromatic, and the reed plates are interchangeable. The main difference is in the reed material; the De Luxe Steel uses stainless steel, which is a feature of many of Seydel's more expensive harmonicas, whilst the standard De Luxe model uses traditional brass reeds. Stainless steel produces a brighter tone and has greater longevity than brass, but many players prefer the feel and sound of brass, and its use in the De Luxe does result in a considerably less expensive harmonica than its big brother. Build quality is as you would expect from the world's oldest harmonica company, and playability and tone are both first rate. An excellent choice of both a first chromatic or a workhorse harmonica for the experienced player. Number of Holes: 12 48 notes Comb: Brown-tinted Acrylic Tuning: Solo-Tuning Available Keys: C, G & Low C Mouthpiece Hole Shape: Square Cover plates: Stainless Steel Reed Plates: 1.00mm, Brass Comes in a hard shell case with Seydel cleaning cloth We also offer the Seydel De Luxe Steel Chromatic here... Read more
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Seydel NonSlider Chromatic Deluxe Steel
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Seydel NonSlider Chromatic Deluxe Steel

£183.99

2 Keys available

The NONSLIDER Chromatic DE LUXE STEEL - playing chromatically re-thought Is there a chromatic harmonica ...  ... with direct tone response like a Blues Harmonica? ... that works WITHOUT slider and WITHOUT valves*? ... on which techniques like bending or overblow are playable?   The answer is YES. We named it the NONSLIDER Chromatic DE LUXE STEEL. This instrument is equipped with a newly designed mouthpiece that opens up many new possibilities for players to play chromatically, irrespective of whether they have played a chromatic harmonica or a diatonic blues harmonica before! The NONSLIDER Chromatic is a very reliable instrument that is virtually maintenance free. 48 tuning-stable, stainless steel reeds guarantee a great sound and durability Furthermore, stuck valves or a jammed slider are things of the past. In order to achieve optimal tone responses, the reeds of the LC, LD and LF variants, as well as the C 'Orchestra tuning' are equipped with valves (full and/or half-valving). Bending of certain half-valved notes is still possible - all valved blow notes can additionally be bent down in pitch. Overblows are not playable if the reeds are valved.   How does the NONSLIDER Chromatic principle work? With the help of the newly developed double-row mouthpiece, the semitones are reached simply by tilting the instrument. A slight angling down or up is sufficient to reach all chromatic notes by directly playing the corresponding holes on the respective row.     The notes on the lower row of holes are the same like in the "slide-pressed position" on standard chromatic harmonicas. The instrument is tilted down or up, or the player changes the position of his lips (pointed-mouth technique/lip-pursing) to reach the right notes.   Thus, full chromaticism is achieved without the need for a slide and spring mechanism!... Read more
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Seydel Saxony Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel Saxony Chromatic Harmonica

£265.99

8 Keys available

The Seydel Saxony Chromatic Harmonica was the first mass-produced chromatic harmonica with stainless steel reeds. The Seydel Saxony Chromatic is a professional chromatic harmonica with unique playing features. The instrument benefits from the stainless steel reeds well known from the Seydel 1847 Blues harmonicas and the timeless precision manufacturing of the Renaissance chromatic harmonica. This is tuned to "solo-tuning", for Orchestra tuning, please contact us. Full, loud sound and fast tone response due to the stainless steel reeds: durable and stable in pitch even with heavy duty playing. Reliable valving - (windsaver material) Less air loss due to optimised reed plates made of German Silver - optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reeds and reed plate slots New mouthpiece with round openings Improved slider package design – optimised for air-tightness and comfortable action New matt cover plate surface – comfortable on the lips and glides easily during playing Cover plates opened wide at the back and crimped to allow the overtone-rich sound to spread out unhindered High precision manufactured aluminium comb – optimised for ideal tone-response, with design coating in metallic look Tuning: Solo-tuning ... Read more
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Seydel Symphony 48 Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel Symphony 48 Chromatic Harmonica

£424.99

2 Keys available

Seydel Symphony 48 Chromatic Harmonica - The SYMPHONY 48 - with the newly developed Magnetic Slider System - plays and feels like a dream. Seydel has redesigned the 12-hole chromatic harmonica from scratch. Many innovative ideas made their way into this contemporary musical instrument. Discover the newly developed springless slider system: Seydel replaced the traditional slider spring mechanism with an ingenious magnetic system where two repelling magnets create an extra smooth, low friction, fast and accurate slider action. Enjoy a pure harmonica sound with unmatched clarity and sonority, with polished stainless steel reeds - these are more durable plus they create a bright tone with a responsive feel. Playability taken to a higher level: extremely airtight mouthpiece construction as well as recessed reedplates on a solid aluminium comb combined with the newly developed polished reeds to make the tone perfectly controllable. Warm tone and even sound distribution: the injection molded aluminium coverplates with their specially coated even surfaces are slightly curved and opened wide at the back for the best sound projection towards the audience. Perfection in all details: - CNC precision milled aluminium comb, black anodized: well ballanced and solid - anti-corrosive German silver reedplates screwed onto the comb individually - anti-corrosive polished stainless steel reeds, screws, rivets and polished reeds for improved durability - optimized tolerances between reeds and reedslots for a fast tonal response as well as less air-consumption - special SEYDEL valve material: less adhesive than conventional valves - for stress-free playing - the overall air-tight construction of the instrument plus the use of polished reeds lead to an optimized tone control and a very brilliant sound   Best protection: the instruments come in a versatile and stable carrying case made of durable polymer hard shell. Best service: We care for harmonica players - all parts are available individually and we offer maintenance (cleaning, revalving, retuning) as well as replacement service for individual reeds.   The SYMPHONY 48 is MAGnetIC: less friction, smooth action... Read more
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Seydel Volcany Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel Volcany Chromatic Harmonica

£393.99

2 Keys available

Unique: comb, mouthpiece and the coverplates are made of solid Brass, polished and lacquered - the heart of the instrument are our proven reeds made of Stainless Steel. This unique combination of soft and hard materials guarantees astonishing haptics and a very sophisticated tone. The VOLCANY Chromatic - THE ERUPTION OF SOUND!   Technical details: high-precision manufactured brass comb, polished to a high gloss and with special coating covers made of highly polished brass; special coating with very good gliding properties - very lip-friendly, wide open on the back - for undamped radiation of the overtone-rich sound mouthpiece with very good gliding properties made of highly polished brass with special coating; crescent-shaped and with round channel openings slide package - optimized for improved air tightness; very good sliding properties due to fixed tolerances between mouthpiece and slide track full, loud sound and fast response due to the use of stainless steel reeds - very durable and tuning stable even under heavy use less air consumption due to optimized reedplates made of German Silver - optimized flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and slot reliable valve action - proven valve material (burled) in Solo- or Orchestra tuning - straight (upper plate C; lower plate C#) total weight of the instrument: 440 g / 15,5 Oz ... Read more
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Suzuki Chromatix SCX-48 Harmonica
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Suzuki Chromatix SCX-48 Harmonica

£188.99

7 Keys available

The Suzuki Chromatix SCX-48 Harmonica is part of the luxurious Suzuki Chromatix Series. The SCX-48 is the 12 hole version, but they also come in 14 and 16 hole models (the SCX-56 and SCX-64, respectively. They are gorgeous to look at, substantial to hold and a pleasure to play. Comfortable and completely air tight, the Suzuki Chromatix Series is specially designed for professionals and hand constructed by skilled workers. Exquisite attention to detail make these harps the one of the most airtight chromatics ever produced by a major harmonica manufacturer. Play one once to hear and feel the difference. Their smooth tone production and quick response will allow you to advance your playing level far ahead of what you thought possible. Each Chromatix harmonica is packed in its own deluxe soft lined case. All SCX models are made in Japan, and the quality of these harmonicas is extremely high. The SCX range if suitable for a wide range of musicians, from new players looking for a chromatic that will grow with them, through to experienced musicians who want excellent tone and playability at a reasonable price. Chromatic Valved Harmonica Ergonomically designed mouthpiece Precise and smooth slide mechanism Holes: 12 ABS comb Phosphor Bronze reed plates Chrome plated covers Soft lined case Available in 6 keys: C, G, A, D, F and Bb ... Read more
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Suzuki SUB30 Harmonica
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Suzuki SUB30 Harmonica

£125.99

3 Keys available

The Suzuki Sub30 Harmonica is a normal 10 hole harp, that has 20 reeds: two reeds in each hole (one blow & one draw). The 30 reed Suzuki SUB30 UltraBend harp has an extra Sympathetic Reed in each hole, one tone below the pitch of the lowest note. This reed is normally passive. It only becomes active when the player wants to bend the low note in each hole. (1-6 low & 7-10 draw). On a normal C harp in hole 4, you can get a bent note C# between C and D, but you cannot bend the C note. To bend C, you need a reed lower then C. That is the 3rd Sympathetic Reed of the Suzuki SUB30 UltraBend! In hole 4, this reed is tuned down to a Bb. That means you can now bend the C down to B! The same applies throughout the range. Every single low note in each hole can now be bent down a semitone! It is these 10 extra Sympathetic Reeds which allow you to play fully Chromatically by bending technique alone. This Easy, Soulful New Approach to Chromaticism on the Blues Harp is Addictive! In order to play a chromatic scale on the normal 10 hole harmonica (Below: 10H), you have to use difficult overblow/overdraw techniques, which require harmonicas with very delicate reed setup. The new Suzuki SUB30 UltraBend changes all that! Now you can get a chromatic scale by normal playing using a simple bending technique. With the SUB30 UltraBend, you can easily play phrases and music styles that you gave up on before, because you could not get some notes. The revolutionary new Suzuki SUB30 UltraBend harmonica gives you 18 bends of a semitone or more (instead of the usual 8 on a normal harp)! And these are all stable bends, easy to control at the correct pitch, bend up and down, add vibrato etc - just the same as the bends you're use to already. In addition to its chromatic ability, the SUB30 UltraBend you lots of extra expression on every note. Its fresh new possibilities will bring the creativity flowing out of you. The Same Size as a Normal 10 Hole Harmonica To achieve this compact size, Suzuki designed the major parts from scratch. The upper reed plate for a normal harp has 10 reeds. But using our precision slot cutting and unique reed-welding technology, Suzuki has managed to put 10 reeds in the same space! We also designed a special comb to fit the reed plates, The size of the mouthpiece is exactly the same as normal but the space inside each chamber is wide enough for 3 reeds instead of 2. This design is practical and functional, massively expanding your creative possibilities. With the Suzuki SUB30 UltraBend, Suzuki has created a powerful new tool of expression for the modern harmonica player. 10 holes 20 notes, 3 keys (C,A,D) Chrome plated brass cover Plastic Comb Weight: 70g Size: 104x30x22mm Comes with a plastic case ... Read more
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Hohner ACE 48 Chromatic harmonica
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Hohner ACE 48 Chromatic harmonica

£359.99
The Hohner ACE 48 chromatic harmonica has been made in close co-operation with harp leading players, Hohner have re-defined the standard for chromatic harmonicas in the 21st century. Service-friendly and developed to satisfy the highest musical requirements, the HOHNER ACE 48 also offers two revolutionary features: Acoustic Coupling Elements (ACE) enable uniquely variable sound design, while in addition the new VarioSpring - System permits exact adjustment of slide spring pressure to suit personal preferences. Removable Acoustic Coupling Elements (ACE) modify acoustic impedance to create your own tonal color and adjust weight distribution according to taste New revolutionary VarioSpring - System to easily adjust spring pressure to suit individual playing styles Unparalleled comfort through new ergonomic cover and mouthpiece design CNC precision-milled mouthpiece, closed at the side to ensure silent, airtight slide action Key: C Type: Chromatic Reeds: 48 brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Reed plates: 1.2 mm, brass Mouthpiece surface: brass, silver plated Comb: ABS, Black Length: 16.2 cm Slide Construction: cross alignment Acoustic Coupling Elements: brass, 6pcs Robust nylon zipper case which also functions as mobile workbench  ... Read more
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Hohner Chrometta 10 Harmonica
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Hohner Chrometta 10 Harmonica

£83.49
The Hohner Chrometta 10 has additional notes extending down into the lower register as far as G3, which is the lowest note found on the violin and has wider channel openings making it easier for the beginner to play single notes. The Chrometta 10 is the second sized harp in the Chrometta series. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 40 brass Reed Plates: 1.5mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 40 notes, 21/2 octave range, Length: 14 cm Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Chrometta 8 Harmonica
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Hohner Chrometta 8 Harmonica

£64.99
The Hohner Chrometta 8 is the smallest version of the chrometta series, it has wider channel openings which make it easier for a beginner to play single notes. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 8 Reeds: 32 brass Reed Plates: 1.5mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 32 notes / 2 octave range Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Chromonica 64 Harmonica
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Hohner Chromonica 64 Harmonica

£229.99
The Hohner Chromonica 64 was first conceptualised in 1938 and improved in numerous details throughout the 20th century. It is a top quality 4 octave chromatic for professionals and semi-professionals. In addition to the excellent handling, the Chromonica 64 offers fast response in all octaves. The Chromonica 48‘s ”big sister“ features an extra octave in the lower register, which makes it possible to play a more advanced repertoire. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 16 Reeds: 64 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Mouthpiece Surface: Nickel Length: 19.3 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Discovery 48 Harmonica
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Hohner Discovery 48 Harmonica

£129.99
Hohner Discovery 48 The Hohner Discovery 48 sets a further milestone by Hohner, helping a new generation discover the world of the chromatic harmonica. The Discovery 48 is the ideal starter chromonica for the beginning player and hobby musician. The screw together assembly permits flexible adjustment to suit the individual requirements of the player and the slide package can easily be converted for left hand use. The resilient ABS body makes the instrument a reliable companion under all climatic conditions. A simple, robust chromatic harmonica, which is made in Germany and has an unbeatable price-performance ratio. Discover the world of the chromatic harmonica with the Discovery 48 from Hohner. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: ABS Length: 14.3 cm Comes with a zip case Keys: C Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner designed and manufactured the world's first production chromatic harmonica in the 1920s and has been at the forefront of the chromatic market ever since. All of its chromatics, with the exception of the inexpensive Chrometta line, are manufactured in Germany in Hohner's state of the art factory.... Read more
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Hohner Meisterklasse Chromatic Harmonica
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Hohner Meisterklasse Chromatic Harmonica

£584.99
The Hohner Meisterklasse Chromatic Harmonica is Hohner's only German-made 14 hole chromatic, with a scale extending downwards to G3, giving it the same tonal range as a violin and making it possible for the player to master classical pieces written for that instrument. Like its diatonic namesake, the Meisterklasse chromatic boasts an anodized aluminium comb and is equipped with specially designed chrome plated brass covers for optimal sound projection. Though originally conceived for classical music, its bright tone and fast, powerful response ensure that it’s also a favorite for pop, rock and jazz. The slide action is almost completely silent, and is designed around a short movement, enabling rapid passages to be played fluidly. Comb: Aluminium, grey Number of hole: 14 Reeds: 56 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Read Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: Chrome Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Slide Construction: straight Length: 18.4 cm Comes in a plastic case Keys: C major Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's oldest harmonica manufacturers and is credited with the design and production of the world's first chromatic harmonica. All of Hohner's premium chromatic harmonicas (from around the £100 price point upwards) are made at their factory in Trossingen, Germany. Hohner harmonicas have been played by most of the greats of modern music, from Sonny Terry to Stevie Wonder and Willi Burger.... Read more
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Hohner Super Chromonica 270/48 Deluxe
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Hohner Super Chromonica 270/48 Deluxe

£230.99
The Hohner Super Chromonica 270/48 Deluxe has set another milestone in the manufacturing of top quality wooden-bodied chromatic harmonicas. The Chromonica 270/48 Deluxe incorporates a variety of improvements on the original classic 270 design, which optimises handling and ensures greater volume and faster response, while retaining the rich and powerful Hohner classic sound. It is the ideal harp for established chromatic harmonica styles and also well suited to more contemporary playing techniques. It is assembled with 5 reed plate screws to maximise air tightness and facilitate maintenance. Chrome plated mouthpiece featuring round holes for greater playing comfort. (will also fit the standard Chromonica 270/48 and Toots' harmonicas). • Extra thick brass reedplates (1.2 mm) for a full, powerful sound. Smooth and silent slide mechanism. Natural finished pearwood body with rounded edges for improved ergonomics. The slide assembly can be installed for sinistrals' use. The tested cover design is stable and robust and is attractively engraved. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner XPression 12 Hole Chromatic Harmonica
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Hohner XPression 12 Hole Chromatic Harmonica

£199.99
The new Chromonica "XPRESSION" Offers the latest technical features and impressive musical capabilities, lending to an expressive and comfortable performance achievable by beginners and advanced players alike. Thanks to its service-friendly construction, and the prioritization of air tightness during its development, the new "XPRESSION" can be used easily regardless of climatic conditions. Features: CNC milled stainless steel mouthpiece with excellent gliding properties and integrated precision slide to provide maximum comfort for the performer Ergonomically shaped stainless steel cover plates for comfortable handling Sound-optimized, sturdy ABS comb Reed plates manufactured to prioritize maximum air tightness Precision-machined brass reeds capable of supporting heavy use All components assembled with screws for easy maintenance 12-Hole Chromatic Specifications: Stainless Steel Mouthpiece ABS Comb Brass, 1,2mm Reed Plates Made in Germany Suitable For Players Of All Levels Advantages for end customers: • Excellent playing capabilities combined with comfortable handling • Round, powerful sound with fast tone response • Reliable playing regardless of climatic condition • Easy maintenance ... Read more
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Seydel Symphony ACRYL Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel Symphony ACRYL Chromatic Harmonica

£634.99
The Seydel Symphony ACRYL Grand Chromatic is a professional chromatic harmonica with uniquely-inspired technical developments that set new standards in terms of sound, airtightness, playability, and reliability.   The high-quality, contemporary ergonomic design guarantees longevity and maximum playing comfort. The Seydel Symphony ACRYL Grand Chromatic has a transparent-green acrylic body and half moon-shaped mouthpiece. Tonal range of four full octaves and stainless steel reeds The recessed reedplates (1mm) are precision cut from anti-corrosive German silver. Hand-tuning of the 64 stainless-steel reeds, tight tolerances, and newly developed Seydel valves (with less adhesive than conventional valves) create an instrument with precise tone control and a rich sound with a tonal range of four full octaves. The variant 'ACRYL' has a translucent-green colored acrylic comb. Both this and the alloy comb on the ALU model are CNC-milled and perfectly balanced. The recessed reed plates are mounted with stainless steel screws and screwed on individually. Solid, die-cast, coated aluminium cover plates are screwed on individually providing a design that is widely-opened at the back for a balanced feel and dynamic, full, warm sound projection in all four octaves. The precisely-fit, stable slider, made from 1mm German Silver, has an ergonomically convex-shaped, silver coated slider button with soft surface for the finger. Each slider is individually lapped together with the mouthpiece and works therefore very silently and is extremely airtight. It can be serviced very easy by unscrewing only one single screw on the back of the comb and pulling the slider out for easy cleaning. The comb accommodates the provided carrying strap, made from genuine leather and with a SEYDEL embossing, to securely harness the instrument. It can be attached either on the right or the left side of the Seydel Symphony Grand Chromatic. The Seydel Symphony ACRYL has a half moon-shaped mouthpiece. Both variants are silver-coated and screwed on from the backside of the comb to provide optimal playing comfort with no screw heads on the outer surface of the mouthpiece for better haptic properties. The SYMPHONY Grand Chromatic offers an inimitable sound and a tonal range of four full octaves (C3-C7) and is suitable for many musical genres ranging from classical music to jazz. The very airtight Seydel Symphony offers un-imagined possibilities of expression and marks a new dimension in manufacturing harmonicas.  ... Read more
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Seydel Symphony ALU Chromatic Harmonica
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Seydel Symphony ALU Chromatic Harmonica

£634.99
The Seydel Symphony ALU Grand Chromatic is a professional chromatic harmonica with uniquely-inspired technical developments that sets new standards in terms of sound, airtightness, playability, and reliability.  It is a modern 16-hole chromatic harmonica with a tonal range of four full octaves and stainless steel reeds The high-quality, contemporary ergonomic design guarantees longevity and maximum playing comfort, leaving nothing to be desired. The Seydel SYMPHONY ALU Grand Chromatic comes with aluminium body and trapezoidal-shaped mouthpiece.  The recessed reedplates (1mm) are precision cut from anti-corrosive German silver. Hand-tuning of the 64 stainless-steel reeds, tight tolerances, and newly developed SEYDEL valves (with less adhesive than conventional valves) create an instrument with precise tone control and a rich sound with a tonal range of four full octaves. The Seydel Symphony ALU Chromatic has a black anodised aluminium comb and is CNC-milled and perfectly balanced. The recessed reed plates are mounted with stainless steel screws and screwed on individually. Solid, die-cast, coated aluminium cover plates are screwed on individually providing a design that is widely-opened at the back for a balanced feel and dynamic, full, warm sound projection in all four octaves. The precisely-fitted, stable slider, made from 1mm German Silver, has an ergonomically convex-shaped, silver coated slider button with a soft surface for the finger. Each slider is individually lapped together with the mouthpiece and operares silently and is extremely airtight. It can be serviced very easy by unscrewing just a single screw on the back of the comb and pulling the slider out for easy cleaning. The comb accommodates the provided carrying strap, made from genuine leather and with SEYDEL embossed on it, to securely harness the instrument. It can be attached either on the right or the left side of the Seydel SYMPHONY Grand Chromatic. The Seydel Symphony ALU Grand Chromatic has a trapezoidal-shaped mouthpiece which is silver-coated and screwed on from the backside of the comb to provide optimal playing comfort with no screw heads on the outer surface of the mouthpiece for better haptic properties. The Seydel Symphony ALU Grand Chromatic offers an inimitable sound and a tonal range of four full octaves (C3-C7) and is suitable for many musical genres ranging from classical music to jazz. ... Read more
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Suzuki CHORD56 SSCH-56 Harmonica
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Suzuki CHORD56 SSCH-56 Harmonica

£577.99
The Suzuki CHORD56 SSCH-56 chromatic harmonica will open many new doors for the passionate and curious harmonica player. It is completely groundbreaking in the world of harmonicas. With this instrument Suzuki Harmonicas show that they are truly a world leading harmonica developer. The instrument features all major, minor, augmented and diminished chords, inside a 14 hole chromatic harmonica. Incredible! The possibilities are endless, chord playing has never been so accessible and portable 14 holes 5 code pattern 12 tone Materials: Cover / brass + special plated body / ABS mouthpiece / brass + silver plated Dimensions: 177 × 45 × 33mm Weight: 265g Accessories: ABS case ... Read more
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Suzuki Chromatix SCX-56 Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Chromatix SCX-56 Harmonica

£195.99
The Suzuki Chromatix SCX-56 harmonica is part of the SCX series of chromatics that also includes 12 and 16 hole versions. The SCX-56 is the 14 hole iteration, and is one of the few widely available quality chromatics with this number of holes. Made in Japan, and featuring phosphor bronze reeds, the SCX-56 is a quality instrument whose price tag belies its capabilities. Extremely airtight and swell resistant, thanks to its precision made ABS comb, the SCX-56 will suit a wide range of players, from beginners through to experts, and its tone and playability will never hold you back. Chromatic Valved Harmonica Ergonomically designed mouthpiece Precise and smooth slide mechanism Holes: 14 ABS comb Phosphor Bronze reed plates Chrome plated covers Soft lined case Available only in key: C ... Read more
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Suzuki Chromatix SCX-64 Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Chromatix SCX-64 Harmonica

£239.99
The Suzuki Chromatix SCX-64 harmonica is part of the brand's SCX series, which includes 12, 14 and 16 hole chromatic harmonicas. The SCX-64 is the 16 hole version, and like almost all 16 hole chromatics is available in the key of C only. Made in Japan, and featuring phosphor bronze reeds and a sleek and smooth slide mechanism, the SCX-64 feels much more expensive than it is, and will suit a wide range of musicians from beginners looking for a quality instrument, through to expert players who seek excellent playability and great tone from a harmonica that doesn't break the bank! The SCX's comb is ABS, making it completely swell resistant, and the screwed on reed plates are simple to change when the time comes. Chromatic Valved Harmonica Ergonomically designed mouthpiece Precise and smooth slide mechanism Holes: 16 ABS comb Phosphor Bronze reeds Chrome plated covers Soft lined case Available only in key: C ... Read more
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Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48 Harmonica
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Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48 Harmonica

£628.99
The Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48 Harmonica is a chromatic signature model of star player Grégoire Maret.  Grégoire was constantly seeking this mysterious "Beautiful Dark Sound" throughout the development of his signature models. He proposed many ideas, including the materials to be used, the colours, the tolerance of the reeds and other intricate aspects of these magical instruments. After exhaustive research, the G-48 and G-48W fulfil the spirit of his ideas to the last detail. The G-48 has a powerful and intense sound that's combined with a unique dark blue coverplate. The special plating is not just beautiful but has high durability characteristics. This plating material is renowned for its durability. Number of holes: 12 48 notes C ~ D4, Sliding Chromatic Phosphor bronze reeds Brass covers plated with Blue abrasion resistant plating Dimensions: 155 x 45 x 30mm (6.10"x 1.77"x 1.18") Weight: 341g (0.75 lb) ... Read more
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Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48W Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48W Harmonica

£681.99
The Suzuki Gregoire Maret G-48W Harmonica is a chromatic signature model of star player Grégoire Maret.  Grégoire was constantly seeking this mysterious "Beautiful Dark Sound" throughout the development of his signature models. He proposed many ideas, including the materials to be used, the colours, the tolerance of the reeds and other intricate aspects of these magical instruments. After exhaustive research, the G-48 and G-48W fulfil the spirit of his ideas to the last detail. The G-48W has a mellower and darker sound. The high durability Rosewood cover gives an elegant sophisticated look. This cover combines ease and secure handling, high durability, and a beautiful dark sound in the overtones. The G-48W is the first ever mass-produced chromatic harmonica with a wooden cover Number of holes: 12 48 notes C ~ D4, Sliding Chromatic Phosphor bronze reeds Rosewood Covers Dimensions: 155 x 45 x 30mm (6.10"x 1.77"x 1.18")  Weight: 312g (0.68 lb) ... Read more
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Suzuki Sirius S-48S Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Sirius S-48S Harmonica

£425.00
The Suzuki Sirius  S-48S harmonica combines excellent sound production and elegant design which will impress both audience and players alike. Suzuki have used their vast experience and know how to create the ‘Fabulous’ series, which in turn lead to the creation of the ‘Sirius’. Every detail about the design of the ‘Sirius’ has been carefully researched, resulting in a new standard of Chromatic Harmonica. This unique model allows the player to perform a wider range of playing expressions. Available Keys: C Range: 12 hole 48 notes (C1 to D4) Slide Alignment: Straight Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 158x45x31 Weight: 334g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth. ... Read more
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Suzuki Sirius S-56C Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Sirius S-56C Harmonica

£598.99
The Suzuki Sirius S-56C harmonica combines excellent sound production and elegant design which will impress both audience and players alike. Suzuki have used their vast experience and know how to create the ‘Fabulous’ series, which in turn lead to the creation of the ‘Sirius’. Every detail about the design of the ‘Sirius’ has been carefully researched, resulting in a new standard of Chromatic Harmonica. This unique model allows the player to perform a wider range of playing expressions. Available Keys: C Range: 14 hole 56 notes (G to D4) Slide Alignment: Cross (Long Stroke) Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 177x45x31 Weight: 395g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth. ... Read more
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Suzuki Sirius S-56S Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Sirius S-56S Harmonica

£598.99
The Suzuki Sirius S-56S harmonica combines excellent sound production and elegant design which will impress both audience and players alike. Suzuki have used their vast experience and know how to create the ‘Fabulous’ series, which in turn lead to the creation of the ‘Sirius’. Every detail about the design of the ‘Sirius’ has been carefully researched, resulting in a new standard of Chromatic Harmonica. This unique model allows the player to perform a wider range of playing expressions. Available Keys: C Range: 14 hole 56 notes (G to D4) Slide Alignment: Straight Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 177x45x31 Weight: 395g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth. ... Read more
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Suzuki Sirius S-64C Harmonica
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Suzuki Sirius S-64C Harmonica

£734.99
The Suzuki Sirius S-64C harmonica is part of Suzuki's Sirius range of high end harmonicas that incorporates 12, 14 and 16 hole chromatics. Using the experience gained from the development of the Fabulous range of harmonicas, Suzuki has fitted the Sirius with brass weights that enhance the tone and timbre of the harmonica, particularly at the lower end. This is combined with a silky smooth slider action, whose short throw enables rapid trills to be achieved with ease. Like most Suzukis, the reeds are phosphor bronze, which give exceptional durability and responsiveness. Build quality is extremely high, and the precision tolerances provide an instrument with unmatched airtightness. Available Keys: C Range: 16 hole 64 notes (C to D4) Slide Alignment: Cross (Long Stroke) Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 195x45x31 Weight: 395g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth ... Read more
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How do Chromatic Harmonicas Work?

In terms of construction, it is easiest to visualise a standard chromatic harmonica as being akin to two diatonics arranged on top of each other and tuned a semitone apart. The slide, which is activated by a button on the side of the harmonica, directs air to the top or bottom reeds, thus enabling all standard Western notes to be sounded without the need to resort to bending.

History of the Chromatic Harmonica

The question of who first created the chromatic harmonica is a much disputed one, although we do know that the production diatonic harmonica pre-dated it by many decades. The first patent that possibly relates to something resembling a chromatic harmonica can be traced to the UK in 1862, although it has been argued that the instrument in question would have been closer to a set of adjustable pitch pipes than a harmonica.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries various manufacturers, including Hohner and Seydel, experimented with mechanisms that would enable different sets of reed plates to be used at the player's discretion, but most designs remained clunky, or too complicated for mass production and uptake. This all changed with the release of the Hohner Chromonica - an instrument that, aside from the external spring, is not dissimilar to a modern chromatic.

It was in the 1930, however, with the launch of the updated Hohner Chromonica with internal spring (for which the company had been granted a patent) that Hohner set the template for the basic design of chromatic harmonica that endures to this day. Initially only available as a 10 hole model, the range was expanded over the 1930s and 1940s to include 12 and eventually 16 hole harmonicas. A modern day Chromonica 48, in fact, is barely distinguishable from one of these pre-war harmonicas, even down to the use of nails to hold the instrument together.

By the 1950s the pre-war aesthetic was starting to look a little old fashioned (this being prior to 'vintage' becoming a thing), so Hohner unveiled the Chromonica Deluxe - an instrument that looked like a cross between a space ship and a streamliner styled 50s diner. This was primilarily aimed at the US market, but sold reasonably well in Europe as well, and was certainly an instrument with more finesse, compared to the fairly crudely stamped appearance of the standard Chromonica.

Hohner's patent for the chromatic harmonica with internal spring expired decades ago, now, and most manufacturers have converged on a similar design to the Chromonica - sometimes with minor improvements in slide operation, materials or build quality. Hohner has not been silent during these years, though, and has developed a number of higher end instruments, such as the Meisterklasse, Silver Concerto and ACE 48. It has not left the entry level untouched, either, having debuted the plastic bodied CX12 in 1992. This harp was and is somewhat polarising, due to its unique looks, but it is exceptionally easy to keep clean, due to its featuring too free disassembly, and the one piece mouthpiece ensure that it is quick to play, with no metal parts touching the player's lips.

Is the Chromatic Harmonica More Difficult to Play than the Diatonic?

It should be noted that, as the reed plates contain multiple octaves tuned a semitone apart, there is some overlap in notes when the slide is in or out. For example, a harmonica with C and Db reed plates will share the notes C and F on both sets of reed plates, meaning that C and F can be played on the harmonica with the slide in or out. This makes the learning curve of the chromatic somewhat steeper than the diatonic, although this is partially offset by the fact that bending notes is not required on the chromatic - something that beginners often find difficult initially.

The Most Popular Chromatic Harmonicas

The most popular chromatics are those with 12 holes, but they are commonly available in sizes ranging from 8 to 16 holes. The German made Hohner Chromonica 48, Seydel Saxony and the SCX range from Suzuki in Japan tend to be the best selling chromatic harmonicas, and represent excellent value. The Harmonica Company also stocks an extensive range of other models from Hohner, Seydel Suzuki and Tombo and offers fast worldwide shipping.

Suzuki Chromatic Harmonica

Suzuki manufactures all of its chromatic harmonicas in Japan, and they are renowned for the quality of their craftsmanship, their playability and tone. The SCX range, in particular, offers what must be the best 'bang for your buck' in chromatic harmonicas. Further up the range, the Gregoire Maret harmonica teams stunning looks with best in class sound and feel.

8 Hole Chromatic Harmonica

The smallest of the widely available chromatic harmonicas is the 8 hole version, which, as the name suggests, features 8 holes, giving a tonal range of just over two full octaves. 8 holes are a good choice for beginners and for those who don't require the range of larger chromatics. An example of an 8 hole chromatic is the Hohner Chrometta 8

10 Hole Chromatic Harmonicas

10 hole chromatic harmonicas, such as the Hohner Chrometta 10, are fairly rare, but offer most of the tonal range of a 12 hole usually at a lower price point. Interestingly, when production chromatics were first made widely available, the 10 hole version was the standard model. More recently, however, it has been largely superseded by the 12 hole harmonica.

12 Hole Chromatic Harmonicas

The 12 hole size of chromatic harmonicas is the most popular type of chromatic, and a wide range of harmonicas, from entry to expert level can be found in this size. 12 hole chromatics provide three whole octaves of tonal range, which is sufficient to cover most pieces of music. 12 holes are also often available in a wide range of keys, which enables players to choose a lower or higher tonal range than the stock C tuning.

14 Hole Chromatic Harmonicas

14 hole chromatic harmonicas are fairly rare, but offer most of the range of the largest chromatics, but with a slight reduction in size. They are generally available only in the key of C. An example of the 14 hole chromatic harmonica is the Suzuki SCX-56, so called due to the 56 reeds (4 per hole).

16 Hole Chromatic Harmonicas

The largest commonly available chromatic is the 16 hole, which provides 4 octaves of tonal range. Generally only made in C, these chromatics have the ability to reach very high and very low notes, making them extremely versatile for all genres of music. Examples of 16 hole chromatics are the Hohner Super 64, Suzuki SCX-64 and the Seydel Grand Symphony 64.

What is a Slideless or Slide-Free Chromatic Harmonica?

Slide-free chromatics usually feature the same dual sets of reed plates as a regular chromatic. Where they differ is the mechanism through which air is directed to the top or bottom plates. A slide free chromatic, as the name suggests, doesn't use a spring loaded slide, but instead usually has two sets of holes, angled up and down to avoid inadvertent sounding. The advantages are lower complexity and cost, and some players find the technique used with these harps to be more intuitive than for those with slides. However, fast chromatic runs are harder, and it is not possible to achieve the same type of trills, as found on many distinctive chromatic harmonica solos by artists such as Stevie Wonder. An example of a slide free chromatic harmonica is the Seydel NonSlider.

What is the Best Chromatic Harmonica?

As will all questions of this nature, there is an element of subjectivism that makes a definitive answer impossible. However, the Polle Concert harmonica, as used by Tommy Reilly in place of the Silver Concerto in later years, is widely regarded as the finest chromatic harmonica available. Owing to its labour intensive production, extremely expensive materials, and limited availability, however, it is exceptionally expensive, and beyond the reach of most players. For those on a more modest budget, the Hohner Super 64 - used by none other than Stevie Wonder on many of his most famous recordings - is an exceptionally good chromatic.

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