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Diatonic Harmonicas

The most common type of harmonica is the diatonic harmonica or Richter harmonica, named after Joseph Richter from Bohemia, a folk musician who developed this tuning system around 1825 (although this is disputed!). Diatonics have been used in almost every genre of music, from blues to rock and from reggae to jazz, and are astonishingly versatile for such a small and relatively inexpensive instrument.

Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2023
Seydel Harmonicas

Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2023

£41.99

6 Keys available

Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2023 - The Summer Edition Session Steel is back for 2023, and this year it comes with a metallic green comb. The Summer Edition retains all of the great features of the standard Session Steel, including German silver reed plates and stainless steel reeds, which can last up to 5 times longer than traditional brass reeds. The fine cut reed plates, extremely flat comb and tight tolerances ensure that there is minimal air loss. This makes the Session Steel very easy to play. Many players like to buy a Summer Edition Session Steel each year in a different key - the variation in comb colour then enables them to easily distinguish the various keys in low light situations, such as gigs. Other players just prefer the special edition harp's colour combos to the standard orange combed Session Steels. The Summer Edition harps are only available for a short time. When the production run is finished they won't be available, so make sure you grab one while you can! They're available in the six most popular keys and come with a black leather pouch.  ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Natural Minor
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Seydel Session Steel Natural Minor

£48.99

12 Keys available

The Seydel Session Steel natural minor tuning harmonica is the upgrade to Seydel's successful Session model, and it comes presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. This is a blues harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. Seydel's stainless steel reeds provide a bright and powerful sound, and also allow easy bending of notes. Their main advantage, though, is durability - some players have found that the lifespan of these reeds can be up to 5 times that of harps with traditional brass reeds. This is particularly relevant if you're a powerful player who likes to perform frequent overblows. As with all Seydels, air tightness is high, and the cover plate design ensures that the Seydel Session Steel Natural Minor harmonica is friendly to both lips and beards (not something you can say about all harmonicas!). Build quality is also exceptionally high - a legacy both of Seydel's long history and its investment in new technology in the last decade or so. This is the natural minor tuned Session Steel, however you can also get it in Paddy Richter, PowerDraw, PowerBender, Melodic Maker, Circular/Melody King, Country and Harmonica Minor. If you would like any of the other tunings please contact us. We also offer custom tuning such as equal temperament on special order. Ergonomic cover plates made of stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece ABS comb with recessed German Silver reed plates Rivets and screws made of stainless steel Lips and beard-friendly design Minimal air consumption achieved by fine-cut reed plates, optimised flatness and extremely Small tolerances between reed and reed plate Stainless steel reeds provide the best clear and full sound and response of the 1847 models Up to 5 times longer playing life compared to models with brass reeds Comes with a genuine leather pouch Tuning: natural minor Keys: G to F# ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Paddy Richter Tuning
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Seydel Session Steel Paddy Richter Tuning

£51.99

13 Keys available

Seydel Session Steel Paddy Richter tuning is altered from the Richter tuning by raising hole 3 blow for two semi-tones which is very useful especially for playing fast in Irish and Celtic music (1st pos: the 6th note of the major scale is playable without bending, 2nd pos.: the 2nd major scale not is available in the lower register without bending). The Seydel Session Steel harmonica is the upgrade to Seydel's successful Session model, and it comes presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. This is a blues harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. As with the standard model, the Seydel Session Steel Paddy Richter version has stainless steel reeds, which can last up to five times longer than traditional brass reeds. The comb is swell resistant ABS and the cover plate design ensures that this is a harp that is friendly both to lips and beards. Build quality and air tightness are top notch, as you'd expect from the oldest extant manufacturer of harmonicas, and the tone is bright, with great feel and dynamics. The stainless steel reeds are responsive and allow easy bending of notes. Ergonomic cover plates made of stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece ABS comb with recessed German Silver reed plates Rivets and screws made of stainless steel Lips and beard-friendly design Minimal air consumption achieved by fine-cut reed plates, optimised flatness and extremely Small tolerances between reed and reed plate Stainless steel reeds provide the best clear and full sound and response of the 1847 models Up to 5 times longer playing life compared to models with brass reeds Comes with a genuine leather pouch Tuning: Paddy Richter Also available in a range of custom tunings, including PowerDraw and PowerBender.... Read more
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Seydel Solist Pro Harmonica
Seydel Harmonicas

Seydel Solist Pro Harmonica

£33.99

20 Keys available

The Seydel Solist Pro Harmonica is a Diatonic harmonica with a laser cut body and half-flat stainless steel covers. With careful rounding of the dividers at the hole entrances, this type of lip care is only usually possible with plastic. This is additionally supported by the full sealing of the comb. 10 holes Standard Richter tuning German Silver reed plates optimised for loudness and extreme air-tightness Reeds specially set for best response - traditional Brass reeds Half-flat covers for brilliant sound Wooden body, multiple coats of sealant for a resistant finish Comes with a convenient leather pouch ... Read more
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Suzuki Airwave Diatonic Harmonica
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Suzuki Airwave Diatonic Harmonica

£14.99

3 Colours available

The Suzuki Airwave diatonic harmonica is the only instrument you can play simply by breathing in and out of it. You can play right away and sound really good in just a few minutes! Other harmonicas are really small and hard to hold, but the Suzuki Airwave harmonica has a cool modern design that's easy to hold and easy to play! And there are no metal parts on the outside to scratch you or get hung up on. Music... from the Harp! A Suzuki exclusive, the Airwave harmonica is the answer to a beginning player's dream. Included with the Airwave is an instructional booklet that teaches notes, chords, and has exciting play along songs. Learning to play the Suzuki Airwave harmonica is as easy as 1-2-3. Available in three colours, the Suzuki Airwave has no external screws or metal parts like other harmonicas so it's safe for even the youngest of pupils. It is constructed of tough and virtually unbreakable resin so will easily withstand the occasional trip to the floor! The ergonomic body design is easy to hold and play, notes are much easier to find due to the hole spacing. Do not be mislead by appearance - this is no musical toy and benefits from Suzuki's wealth of experience and technology. The Professional quality reeds, comb and air tight body mean this harmonica really plays! Key: C 10 holes Diatonic Available in: blue, red, orange ... Read more
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Suzuki Bluesmaster Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Bluesmaster Harmonica

£27.99

12 Keys available

The Suzuki Bluesmaster is a professional level 10 hole diatonic harmonica with a plastic comb and stainless steel covers. In common with most other Japanese made Suzuki harmonicas, the Bluesmaster features phosphor bronze reeds, which provide outstanding projection and durability. The stainless steel covers are designed with durability and ergonomics in mind, making the Bluesmaster an instrument that is a joy to hold and one that will outlast many lesser harmonicas. Construction-wise, and in pricing as well, the Bluesmaster is comparable to the Hohner Special 20, and like its competitor it features non vented covers and recessed reed plates. Tonally, it produces a slightly warmer sound than the Hohner. Its responsiveness, particularly to bending, is very similar. Volume levels of the two harps are also very similar. Like all Suzuki harps, the manufacturing tolerances are very high, resulting in superb airtightness. This enables the Bluesmaster to respond well to dynamics within your playing and makes precise bending a much easier task. Reed and cover plate alignment are also excellent, making this a great harmonica for beginners as well as more experienced players. The ABS plastic comb offers swell-free performance, making the Bluesmaster an easy harmonica to live with, especially for gigging musicians who need a harp that delivers great tone, but who don't want the fuss of managing moisture levels on multiple harmonicas. The Bluesmaster is available in the 12 standard major keys. A boxed set, which includes the 6 most popular keys, and which offers a discount over buying these keys individually, is available here. This set comes with a foam-lined case that holds the harmonicas in position, allowing easy access to them. Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Easy Rider Diatonic Harmonica
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Suzuki Easy Rider Diatonic Harmonica

£8.99

4 Keys available

The Suzuki EASY RIDER harmonica is our answer to every entry level player's dream. An exceptional quality product manufactured to exacting specifications. It's built to last, feels comfortable and sounds great. Laser tuned brass reeds are easy to pitch bend for that fat, expressive sound the blues and folk player wants. The Easy Rider harmonica includes a compact carrying case. Available in the keys of C, D & G. Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Folkmaster Diatonic Harmonica
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Suzuki Folkmaster Diatonic Harmonica

£16.99

12 Keys available

The Suzuki Folkmaster Diatonic is an economical purchase for a easy to play harp. Its exceptional sound clarity and perfect tuning is made possible by a unique laser manufacturing process. Thin bendable reeds produce a mellow tone and the widest choice of sound timbres available from any mouth organ manufacturer. If you are nostalgic for the sound of the past, this traditional diatonic is the right harmonica for you. Classic design with sculptured metal cover Moulded plastic waterproof body Keys: C, G, A, D, E, F, Bb, B, F#, Eb, Ab and Db Includes hard shell case   Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Harpmaster Diatonic Harmonica
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Suzuki Harpmaster Diatonic Harmonica

£26.99

12 Keys available

The Suzuki Harpmaster features an easy to play, free blowing design with its solid ABS comb and focused note holes. The bendable laser tuned phosphor bronze reeds produce the clarity and rich, mellow tones you would expect from much more expensive harmonicas. The classically shaped reed covers offer the look and feel of the traditional harmonica and they are built from durable polished stainless steel. The Harpmaster will provide you with years of proven performance. The Harpmaster includes a hard shell carrying case Available in the keys of C, A, A Flat, B, B Flat, D, E, E Flat & G. Check each key to see if we have stock  If we are not showing a product in stock, please contact us. ... Read more
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Suzuki Manji Harmonica (Richter and Natural Minor Tunings)
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Suzuki Manji Harmonica (Richter and Natural Minor Tunings)

£63.99

18 Keys available

The Suzuki Manji harmonica combines advanced technology and functional beauty to create a stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica. This revolutionary Suzuki diatonic harp is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, who is the company's founder, and, although elderly, is still actively involved in the management of the company. He started Suzuki Music more than 70 years ago, and initially hand built just a single model. Subsequent investment and expansion eventually led to Suzuki becoming one of the world's most respected manufacturers of harmonicas. The Suzuki Manji harmonica is unique in its use of a composite comb, which utilises wood fibres encased in impermeable resin to combine the tone and responsiveness of wood with the resistance to moisture expansion and easy maintenance of plastic. The phosphor bronze reeds are extremely durable and each instrument is built and assembled with incredible attention to detail. This is evident in its extremely high level of airtightness and the fine tolerances of reed and slot alignment. Consequently, the Suzuki Manji harmonica plays, out of the box, as well as many custom harps, and has an ability to combine power with finesse that few other harmonicas, even at significantly higher price points, are able to achieve. The Suzuki Manji Harmonica is available in the full range of standard major keys plus low tunings. For players wishing to purchase the three most popular keys - C, G and A, a multi-pack is available here, which offers a discount when compared with buying these keys individually. Country, harmonic minor and seventh tunings are also available - please contact us direct to order these. Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Manji Low Tuning Harmonica
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Suzuki Manji Low Tuning Harmonica

£62.99

5 Keys available

The Suzuki MANJI Low tuning harmonica combines advanced technology and functional beauty to create a stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica. Low tuning models feature extra large lower reed plate for big bass note sound projection. This revolutionary Suzuki diatonic harp is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, the company's founder — now in his late 80's, however still pretty much in charge. He started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago, and has built Suzuki up into one of the world's premier harmonica manufacturers. Number of holes: 10 Cover plates: Stainless steel Reed plates:  Phosphor Bronze, 20 reeds Comb: Resin Wood Composite Low tuning models feature extra large lower reed plate for big bass note sound projection. Available in keys: Low C, Low D, Low Eb, Low E, Low F ... Read more
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Suzuki Manji Sky Harmonica
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Suzuki Manji Sky Harmonica

£59.99

7 Keys available

The Suzuki MANJI SKY seeks the lightest breath and tone sensations among SUZUKI 10-hole harmonicas. To achieve this, SUZUKI has developed a newly designed reed. You'll particularly feel the characteristics of this MANJI SKY sound when you play in the mid-bass range, which is often used with 10-hole diatonic harmonicas. The material used for the MANJI SKY is a synthetic composite mixed with specific wood fibres. This combines the warm tone of wood with the durability of synthetic materials. Wood has countless small spaces, which expl its traditional warm tone. The solid body reinforced with wood fibres produces a warmer sound than that created by an ABS body. What's more, the Manji Sky's body transmits vibrations, giving the impression that the whole harmonica is ringing! Finally, there's no deformation due to humidity, thanks to the Blue wood-resin body.... Read more
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Suzuki Olive Harmonica
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Suzuki Olive Harmonica

£56.99

14 Keys available

The Suzuki Olive harmonica has modern slightly vented cover-plates that have a bright olive colour, achieved through the use of a high tech process that doesn't utilise any colouring material, ensuring lasting durability and a clear tone. Hybrid Wood-Resin Comb Historically, most harmonicas had wooden combs. This type of comb provides a warm tone, but is prone to absorbing moisture, leading to warping and deformation over time. Many manufacturers responded to this problem by creating a plastic comb, which solves the issue of expansion, but which results in a different tone to wood. Suzuki, in contrast, created a wood-resin composite material for the comb, which is composed of over 50% wood fibres encased in impermeable resin. This provides the tone of a traditional wooden harmonica with the swell resistance of plastic. First utilised on the popular Manji diatonic, this comb has been widely praised by players. Made in Japan Air-tightness is incredibly important in producing a harmonica that is both easy to play and responsive. Suzuki harmonicas use state of the art manufacturing processes to ensure an extremely high level of airtightness. As a consequence, the  Suzuki Olive responds rapidly to quick phrases, and provides excellent responsiveness to bends. Suzuki is unique in its utilisation of a welded-reed process, which ensures an extremely high level of accuracy of reed attachment and reed/slot alignment. This enables the reeds to respond to advanced techniques, such as over-blowing, to achieve consistently rich and exciting sounds. These achievements are a consequence of Suzuki's adherence to the Japanese tradition of 'Kaizen', which involves seeking continual, incremental improvements in all areas of a harmonica's production, from manufacturing through to assembly and quality control. Tone-wise, the Olive is similar to the Manji, with which it shares the same composite comb material. It's vent design, however, is different, which gives it a subtly warmer sound. Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Overdrive Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Overdrive Harmonica

£59.99

7 Keys available

The Suzuki overdrive has been years in the making, the amazing Overdrive Harmonica is so unique, it even has a special patent to protect its amazing design. Precisely placed holes in the top and bottom of this mouth organ allow you to produce thick, rich and beautiful over-blow and over-draw sounds. Although players have been bending notes for more than a century, it has only recently been discovered that when you draw bend, it is the BLOW reed that makes the bent note. Conversely, when you blow bend, it is the opposite blow reed in the same air channel that makes the bent note. With practice, the new Overdrive Harmonica will let you blow and draw notes with greater control and much bigger volume than any harmonica you've ever played! Comes with a deluxe carrying case. Solid plastic comb   Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors.   ... Read more
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Suzuki Pipe Humming Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Pipe Humming Harmonica

£65.99

12 Keys available

Suzuki Pipe Humming Harmonica - This chrome plated harmonica has a very innovative and original design. It is the only harp of its kind and has been constructed to allow easy ‘vibrato’. With this harmonica by closing the end of the extension tube (can be switched for Left Handed use), you will get a beautiful ‘vibrato’ effect the first time you try!  ... Read more
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Suzuki Play 365 Days Harmonica
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Suzuki Play 365 Days Harmonica

£8.99

12 Colours available

The Suzuki Play 365 Days "PlayPal" Harmonica is a nice colourful way to express yourself and your music, a great choice for beginners and children. 12 exciting designer colours let you show your style for all the World to see! Available in the key of C, each PlayPal Harmonica is constructed of high grade plastic with Suzuki logos. Quality reed plates produce a free flowing sound and make them especially easy to play. Collect them all and put some colour into your life! Key: C Holes: 10 Colours: Lemon, Orange, Red, Pink, Mauve, Blue, Sky, Lime, Green, Mustard, Tan, Gray ... Read more
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Suzuki Promaster Hammond Harmonica
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Suzuki Promaster Hammond Harmonica

£47.99

14 Keys available

Ever wanted a Hammond organ that will fit in your pocket? Look no further. The Suzuki Promaster Hammond HA-20 harmonica carries the coloured Hammond logo, which looks great against its black shell. Immediately you will be addicted to its beautiful sound. The HA-20 features Phosphor Bronze reeds and includes a hard shell carrying case. Hard shell carry case included Phosphor Bronze Reeds   Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Promaster Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Promaster Harmonica

£51.99

14 Keys available

24The Suzuki Promaster harmonica (MR350) is one of our most popular upper end diatonics, and is part of the professional range by Suzuki Music. It features ergonomically designed, polished stainless steel reed covers, which provide supreme playing comfort. The comb is precision milled from billet aluminium, then given a satin anodised finish for durability and ease of playing. This provides it with a similar tone to other harmonicas which feature the same comb construction, such as the Seydel Noble, plus outstanding resistance to warping and temperature and humidity related swelling, which can afflict many wooden combs.  Phosphor bronze reed plates, which are a signature of most Japanese-made Suzuki harps, produce the rich tones and clarity so sought after by professional players, and also offer great durability and lifespan. As you'd expect from a Suzuki, airtightness is first class, and the attention to detail in its construction is class-leading. Harpists who try a ProMaster often find that it rapidly becomes their 'go-to' instrument for all styles of music, such is its ease of playing and responsiveness. All ProMasters come with a hard shell, soft lined case to keep your harp in optimum condition. If you want an all round harmonica that can fit with most styles of music, has a great tone and will require minimal maintenance then the ProMaster is definitely one to try! The Suzuki ProMaster is available in all of the 12 standard major keys, plus low F and high G. A valved version of the ProMaster, which enables bending on the blow cycle as well as the draw is also available here.   Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Promaster Valved Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Promaster Valved Harmonica

£49.99

13 Keys available

The Suzuki Promaster Valved harmonica is the valved version of the popular MR-350 diatonic harp from the Japanese company. It uses the same polished stainless steel reed covers and satin finish anodised aluminium comb as the standard Promaster, and is similarly comfortable and responsive to play. Where it differs from the MR-350 is in its use of an innovative valve system, which enables bending in the blow as well as the draw cycles. This opens up a whole new world of playing, as the range of notes available is closer to that of a chromatic harmonica than a standard diatonic. The aluminium comb provides the Promaster Valved with exceptional resistance to warping and excellent responsiveness.  Phosphor bronze reed plates, which feature on most Japanese made Suzuki harmonicas, produce the clarity and richness of tone you'd expect from an instrument at this level, whilst also offering class-leading durability. Suzuki is renowned for its attention to detail and the Promaster valved is no exception. Manufacturing tolerances are extremely fine, resulting in a harp with exceptional airtightness and projection. Few harmonicas in this price bracket can compete with the Promaster Valved when it comes to volume! Yet, at the same time, it responds very well to subtle playing dynamics. Like the standard model, the Promaster Valved comes with a custom designed, soft lined hard case, which will help to ensure that your harp remains in perfect condition when it's not being used. The Promaster Valved is available in the 12 standard major keys, plus high G and Low F. Warning: It has come to our attention that counterfeit Suzuki Harmonicas are being offered for sale through overseas sellers. Please do not fall victim to these illegal sellers of Suzuki Harmonicas. All our Suzuki range have been purchased directly from the official Suzuki distributors. ... Read more
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Suzuki Pure Harp Harmonica
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Suzuki Pure Harp Harmonica

£125.99

14 Keys available

The Suzuki Pure Harp MR-550 is part of the Suzuki professional range harmonicas. Once again, Suzuki has researched and developed unique professional grade harmonicas. Utilising the most seasoned tone-woods and unique construction techniques, Suzuki proudly offers a line of harmonicas in Rosewood, including the glorious Suzuki Pure Harp. Rosewood has been sought after by top musicians from all over the globe, from Classical Guitar players to top Violinists. This wood allows unique tonal qualities and when used in harmonica construction, gives a warmer tone. Using Rosewood can produce a high velocity of sound and a broad range of mid and low overtones. These 'lows' help to create a complex bottom end which imparts a richness to the overall tone to the instrument. The re-designed reeds, which are the heart of the instrument, have been produced with the advanced player in mind. However, this new reed design makes it easier to play the instrument chromatically, right out of the box! The new Suzuki Reed plates allow ease of play, especially with overblow and overdraw techniques. The MR-550 is one of Suzuki's newest all-hardwood Harmonica. Even the covers are Rosewood! It gives this model a rich, dark and bluesy tone that will have your audience begging for more. The richness of this instrument is unmatched and if you are looking for a traditional sound, here it is! Includes a case Available in 14 keys: C, G, A, D, E, F, Bb, B, F#, Eb, Ab, Db, Hi G and Low F (If we do not have the key you want in stock, please contact us)  ... 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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Tombo Folk Blues MKII Harmonica
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Tombo Folk Blues MKII Harmonica

£33.99

1 Key available

The Tombo Folk Blues MKII harmonica, is the updated model of the original Tombo Folk Blues. A lot has changed from the original model, and this is a much different instrument. While the original comb was plastic, they have gone for an upgrade to Japanese Maple wood, giving it a much warmer tone. The stainless steel covers have a wonderful Japanese feel engraving, making it unbelievably aesthetically pleasing.  The end of each cover has a vent much like those on the venerable Hohner Marine Band, nevertheless unlike the Marine Band, the covers have built in supports at the rear which gives them extra durability if left in your back pocket. Suitable for any player who wants to play the Blues Comb: Japanese Maple Wood Cover Plates: Stainless Steel Clear and bright tone ... Read more
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Tombo Hope 10 Diatonic Harmonica
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Tombo Hope 10 Diatonic Harmonica

£15.99

4 Keys available

This model is no longer available. Please consider the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic also made by Tombo... Read more
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Vox Continental Type 1 Harmonica
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Vox Continental Type 1 Harmonica

£51.99

4 Keys available

Vox Continental Type 1 Harmonica - Introducing VOX’s first-ever harmonica series – a new collection of harps with an authentic rock vibe! Choose between two models, each with their own distinct style. VOX is proud to introduce its first ever harmonic series. A collaboration with the SUZUKI Musical INTS. MFG. CO., LTD., this series fuses the exciting rock spirit of VOX with the proven and timeless design of a SUZUKI. This series inherits the Continental moniker, a reference to VOX’s iconic organ, and features two models: The Continental Type-1 and the Continental Type-2. From aggressive garage rock to melodious ballads, these professional harmonicas are perfect for nearly any genre. The VOX Continental Type 1 is a ten-hole harmonica with an aggressive, resonant sound that is perfectly suited for the classic genres of blues, rock, folk and more. Made in Japan, by Suzuki, it features the unique wood-resin hybrid comb that's normally only found on Suzuki's Manji and Olive models.... Read more
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Vox Continental Type 2 Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Vox Continental Type 2 Harmonica

£51.99

4 Keys available

Vox Continental Type 2 Harmonica - The Type 2 uses equal temperament which is ideal for playing melodious tunes or ballads. In addition to a natural wood fiber and resin body that provides both excellent sound and durability, the robust sound is projected directly from the back cover openings, producing a clearly defined, round, and warm tone that distinguishes this instrument. With its bold retro-chic red coloring, the Type-2 carries on VOX's high sense of design and style. The VOX Continental harmonicas are the result of a collaboration with SUZUKI, a venerable harmonica manufacturer that was founded more than 60 years ago. The words” MADE BY SUZUKI, JAPAN” on the instrument guarantee the quality that you expect from SUZUKI, a world-wide leader in manufacturing that has earned the long-standing trust musicians around the world. Since the harmonica is meant to be an instrument you can take anywhere, there is a matching VOX plastic case that accompanies the new Continental harmonicas. In addition to the custom-case, the Continental also includes scores for the classic Beatles songs “Love Me Do” and “From Me to You”, as well as a cleaning cloth adorned with the VOX logo. This is truly a special package with a sense of rock authenticity that only VOX could provide.... Read more
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Hohner Big River Pro Pack
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Hohner Big River Pro Pack

£77.99
The Hohner Big River Pro Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the Hohner Big River Harp. The Hohner Big River is an attractive and robust instrument offers an ideal basis for beginners. Streamlined covers with side vents, plastic comb and brass reed plates offer a fantastic price/quality ratio. Save money by ordering this pack instead of three individual harmonicas. The Big River is part of Hohner's MS Series of harmonicas. This series is modular in nature, meaning that all parts are interchangeable, including reed plates, combs and cover plates. So, it is possible, for example, to combine the Big River cover plates with the wooden comb from the Blues Harp and the thicker 1.05mm reed plates from the 580/20 Meisterklasse. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Concave covers with side vents Black plastic comb with recessed reed plates Pack includes 3 x Hohner Big River Harp in Keys: C, G & A Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner can lay claim to being the world's second oldest extant harmonica manufacturer (after compatriots Seydel), and has been responsible for many of the most important developments in the history of harmonica production.... Read more
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Hohner Blues Band Value Pack
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Hohner Blues Band Value Pack

£27.99
The Hohner Blues Band Value Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the Hohner Blues Band harmonica. The Hohner Blues Band harp has been used by many beginners, and it has helped them become the musical players they are today. It is easy to play and perfect for new players looking for a durable mouth organ on a low budget. It is part of the Hohner enthusiast series and comes with a plastic comb, that produces a bright and clear tone. Save money by ordering this pack instead of three individual Mouth organs. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Pack includes 3 x Blues Band harmonicas in Keys: C, G & A ... Read more
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Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack
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Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack

£95.99
The Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the Hohner Blues Harp. The brand name ”Blues Harp® “ has attained cult status in the contemporary music scene. The Hohner Blues Harp MS model features a functional design combining a wooden comb, high covers without side vents and high quality reed plates to give the instrument its typical bluesy sound, which has made it immensely popular with beginning and intermediate players alike. Every now and again, a branded article achieves such a high degree of success and widespread distribution that the brand name becomes synonymous with the generic product. This has certainly been the case with the Hohner Blues Harp®, now well into its fifth decade as one of Hohner‘s most popular diatonic model. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Pack includes 3 x Hohner Blues Harp in Keys: C, G & A Comb: Wood. Series: Modular System. ... Read more
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Hohner Little Lady Harmonica
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Hohner Little Lady Harmonica

£11.99
The Hohner Little Lady is the smallest harmonica in the World. It is fully playable and was the first instrument to be played in outer space in 1965. The Little Lady was made worldwide famous in 1965 when Walter Schirra, commander of the Gemini 6 manned space flight mission, used one to play “Jingle Bells” for the his team at Ground Control. With an overall length of only 3.5 cm (1.38 inches) it is the smallest playable series manufactured harmonica in the World and shares the same high technical standards as its larger siblings. Note: This is the German made version of the Little Lady, featuring a pearwood comb, not the Chinese made plastic comb model, which, in our view, is inferior. You can also pick up the Hohner 360° Collectors Edition Harmonica that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the remarkable occasion when Walter Schirra played the Hohner Little Lady harmonica in outer space here Comb: Pearwood Made in Germany Cover Surface: stainless steel Number of holes: 4 0.9mm brass reed plates 8 brass reeds One complete diatonic octave in C-major Length: 3.5 cm About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's oldest harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas and related accessories in Germany since the middle of the 19th century.  ... Read more
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Hohner Marine Band 364 Soloist Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band 364 Soloist Harmonica

£46.99
The Hohner Marine Band 364 Soloist has the same tuning as a 12 hole chromatic harmonica but without the button. Solo tuning with 3 complete diatonic octaves. Reeds: 24 Reed plate: Brass, 0.5mm Comb: Pearwood Comes with a Snap case Key: C Major ... Read more
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The Blues Harp

Diatonic harmonicas are often generically referred to as blues harps, due to their strong connection with blues music from the very early days of the genre. The diatonic harmonica itself is a single voice instrument and usually has 10 channels, each with one blow and one draw note - ie one note when the player blows through one hole and a different single note when they suck air through the same hole.

History of the Diatonic Harmonica

Although these is some evidence of a harmonica-like instrument having been produced in ancient China, the modern diatonic can trace its origins back to Germany and Bohemia in the 19th Century, where several companies, including Hohner and Seydel, began to mass produce instruments that resemble the harmonicas we play today. It’s worth remembering that these early harmonicas were originally designed to play German ‘Oompah’ music, with simple chords available at the low and and major key melody notes towards the middle to top of the harmonica. Strangely, this note layout, typically known as Richter, after its (slightly debated) creator Josef Richter, persists to this day, despite its limitations and many attempts to replace it with alternatives.

Although there have been many developments in materials, manufacturing technology and design over the years, most modern diatonics would not look unfamiliar to a 19th century harmonica player. In fact, apart from improved accuracy and tighter tolerances in the manufacturing of the reed plates, a Hohner 1896 Marine Band is virtually identical to an early 20th Century model of the same name.

The main development that influenced harmonica production was its use in folk and blues music, particularly in the USA, from the 1920s onwards. The blues harp was a readily available and inexpensive instrument that could accompany a guitar or banjo, and player soon discovered that they could take it far from its original Oompah music origins by bending draw notes down.

Today there are a number of harmonica manufacturers dotted around the world, with Germany and Japan being pre-eminent at the mid to high end and China being the main source of entry level and low end instruments.

What Does Diatonic Mean?

Diatonic means 'of the scale' and refers to the arrangement of notes in a heptatonic (7 notes per octave) scale in which there are five whole tones and two semitones per octave and in which the two semitones are separated from each other by two or three semitones.

In simple terms, this usually means that a diatonic harmonica is tuned to one specific key. So a C major diatonic harmonica will offer the notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B (just the white notes on a piano) at various pitches.

Because these harmonicas are tuned to a single key (ignoring the possibility of playing in second/third/etc positions), most players will require more than one in order to be able to play a variety of songs with other musicians. Luckily diatonic harmonicas are relatively inexpensive, compared to their chromatic counterparts (and, indeed, other instruments, such as guitars), so the purchasing of multiple keys does not need to be financially onerous. Multi packs of diatonics are also available, which offer significant savings over purchasing the same harps individually.

Best Harmonica for Beginners

It is tempting when starting to play a new instrument to purchase something at the budget end of the market. However, as harmonicas are relatively inexpensive, I would generally recommend starting with a German or Japanese made harp, which start at around £30. These will be easier to play than cheaper harps, will last longer and won’t hold you back when your playing improves. In fact, many professional players use harmonicas from the £30 to £40 price point, so, with occasional reed placate replacements this level of harp could last for many years in your harmonica playing journey.

Models that I would recommend for beginners include the Hohner Special 20, https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/suzuki-bluesmaster-harmonica, https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/seydel-session-standard-harmonica and https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/seydel-session-steel-blues-harmonica and the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. These harps are all keenly priced, have replacement reed plates available, and feature plastic combs, which are resistant to swelling - a common problem with traditional wood-combed harmonicas.

Diatonic Harmonica in C

We recommend that your first diatonic harmonica is in the key of C Major. The reasons for this are multiple: first, C Major is the most popular key used in Western music, which means that you’ll be able to play along with a wider range of songs than any other key; second, and as a consequence of the key’s popularity, almost all beginner lessons on Youtube and other online video channels, start with a harmonica tuned to C; third, C sits right in the middle of standard tunings, meaning that it doesn’t have the harder to play low notes of a lower tuned harmonica or the rather squeaky high notes of a harmonica that is tuned to a higher key.

What Other Keys of Diatonic Harmonica to Buy?

Once you have mastered the basics of harmonica playing, you may want to expand your repertoire to songs outside of the key of C. G and A are popular choices, due to the ubiquity of popular songs written in these keys, but Bb is also a useful key to possess, particularly if you intend to play blues licks with a piano and/or horns.

Which Keys of Diatonic Harmonica are the Highest and Lowest?

Diatonics are labelled as standard keys (ie no high or low designation) from G (the lowest) to F# (the highest). A G harp that is a semitone higher than F#’ is referred to as a High G (and some manufacturers make a High A and a High Ab). Those with a range that start a semitone or more below G are referred to as ‘Low’ harmonicas (or sometimes ‘Tenor’ in chromatics). So a Low F, will be an octave lower than a standard F, but only a tone lower than a standard G. Low Low harps are two octaves lower than the standard key, but are usually confined to E, Eb and F, as below that the notes get extremely low and hard to play at the bottom end. Conversely, some manufacturers don’t offer a standard F#, due to its squeaky nature at the top end, and instead suggest that customers use a Low F# when playing in this key.

Low tuned harmonicas are harder to bend at the low end, but they do have a distinctive tone, and the top end tends to be much more useable than the very high notes on, say, a standard D or E harmonica.

10 Hole Diatonic

Most diatonics have 10 holes, thereby providing 20 notes - 10 on the blow reeds and 10 on the draw reeds. However, there are a small number of diatonics available with a greater range - typically 12 to 14 holes. These tend to feature the Richter note layout, but offer additional lower notes - much like having a low and a standard tuned harmonica combined into a single harp.

What is Meant by Second Position?

Harmonica players often talk about playing in second position, or less commonly, third or fourth position. This can be the source of much confusion, as it suggests a playing technique rather than what it actually is, which is playing a diatonic in a different key to the one in which it is labelled.

This may sound strange, so let’s explain what is meant by these ‘positions’. Consider the scale of C Major - all the white notes on a piano - C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Now consider the scale of G Major - G, A, B, C, D, E, F#. You’ll notice that the only difference in the notes is the F#, so a C harp can actually play all of the notes of the G major scale except for the F#. However, the F, which is available when playing G on a C harp is actually a key note (a 7th) in the blues scale. Combine this with the fact that playing in G on a C harp puts the notes that need to be bent for the blues scale on the draw (where they can be bent) and it’s clear why this arrangement (known as second position) is widely used by blues players.

There are many other positions (consider for example, that C major and A minor share the same notes), but second and first position are the most popular.

Natural Minor, Melody Maker and Alternative Tunings

The standard Richter tuning in the major key has many limitations, not least of which is the fact that it was designed to play a quite different genre of music than that which it is typically used for today. Manufacturers, and in some cases, individuals, have, as a consequence, created alternative tunings in order to circumvent this issue.

The most popular alternative tunings are natural harmonic minors. As the names suggest, these enable the natural minor and harmonic minor keys to be easily played on a diatonic, giving players access to minor key blues licks (typically using natural minor tunings) and Eastern style tunes, via the harmonic minor.

Other tunings, such as Powerbender, Powerdraw and Wilde Rock, aim to make the diatonic more suitable for playing the blues by ensuring that the notes that need to be bent are positioned on the draw reeds. Paddy Richter, in comparison, applies some subtle tweeks to Richter tuning to make it more suitable for playing rapid Irish style folk melodies. Melody Maker, which is available from Seydel and Lee Oskar, is designed to make major key melody playing more intuitive.

Seydel offers the widest range of alternative tunings, whilst Hohner and Suzuki limit their offering to natural and harmonic minors in one or two models.

What is the Difference Between a Diatonic and a Chromatic Harmonica?

As we have noted above, a diatonic harmonica is tuned to a specific key, and can only play notes outside of that key by the use of bends (more on this later). A chromatic harmonica, in comparison, has two sets of reeds, tuned a semitone apart, and usually has a slide, operated by the player, that directs air to the top or bottom set of reeds. This enables it to play all Western notes within a given range. An easy way to imagine this is to think of a piano keyboard - a diatonic in C will feature only white notes, whilst the chromatic will feature the white notes and black notes.

Chromatics are still labelled as being in a particular key, but this is related to the specific note layout and range rather than which key it is able to be played in. So, for example, a G chromatic will start and finish lower in the pitch range than a C chromatic, but many of the notes will be the same on both.

In general, diatonics are more suited to blues and rock, where the ability to bend notes is important, whilst chromatics’ greater range of available notes make them more suited to jazz and classical music.

Can I Play Chromatically on a Diatonic Harmonica?

Although diatonic harmonicas are set up to play only the notes in their listed key as standard, harp players, particularly those from the blues world, have long been adapting their technique to squeeze some chromaticism out of their instrument. This is achieved by bending notes down on the draw, thus flattening certain notes. The best players can access almost any Western note within the confines of the range of the harmonica using variations of this technique.

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