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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.

Hohner Rocket Amp 5 Pack
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Hohner Rocket Amp 5 Pack

£189.99

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- C, G, A, D and Bb Hohner Rocket Amp 5 Pack - C, G, A, D and Bb - Sometimes, loud is not enough. You need to amplify, and to not lose any of the power you need to be able to enclose the harp and microphone. That’s what the Rocket Amp is designed for. Ergonomic covers with closed sides ensure that all the power and volume of your Rocket Amp are channeled into your microphone – making it the instrument of choice for anyone who wants to amplify their playing on stage. The Rocket Amp uses the same reed plates as the standard Rocket harmonica, meaning that you get the same great tone and response, but with a cover plate design that is perfect for use with microphones. The Rocket can trace its origins back to the Special 20, with which it shares many features, such as the ABS comb and recessed reed plates. Many players who had a preference for the Marine Band Series Special 20 have found that the Rocket and the Rocket Amp are the closest in sound and feel to that harmonica. This five pack of the most popular keys represents a significant saving over buying the harps individually, and it also comes with a 7 harp neoprene soft case. Closed covers Cover plates without side vents direct all the sound towards the microphone. Comfortable comb design The first serial production harmonica with rounded comb sides, edges, and corners for maximum comfort Recessed reed plate The reed plates are recessed for a more comfortable mouthpiece  ... Read more
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Hohner Rocket Harmonica
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Hohner Rocket Harmonica

£41.99

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Hohner Rocket Harmonica The Hohner Rocket represents a new breakthrough in diatonic harmonica design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for wonderful comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance projection to ensure maximum loudness. Like the Special 20, the reed plates are recessed, allowing for a perfectly smooth mouthpiece that doesn't snag facial hair. The Rocket allows players to express a powerful, dynamic sound. In essence, the Rocket is a louder, slightly more responsive version of the Special 20, with which it shares many similarities, including an ABS comb and its general architecture. In fact, reed plates and cover plates from the Rocket and Special 20 are interchangeable. The Rocket has the advantage of greater airtightness over the Special 20, which contributes to its responsiveness and volume. In addition to the standard Rocket, there are a Rocket Low, which offers a range of low tuned keys, and a Rocket Amp, whose cover plate design is made specifically for use with microphones. Comb: ABS, Grey Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Available in 12 keys (G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#) Comes with a zipper case Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner can trace its history back to the middle of the 19th century, when it started manufacturing harmonicas in Germany. The company has been at the forefront of harmonica design since then, and has introduced many innovations, such as the world's first production chromatic harmonica and the first production harmonica with an ABS comb.... Read more
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Hohner Rocket Low Harmonica
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Hohner Rocket Low Harmonica

£61.99

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The Hohner Rocket low harmonica is an expansion on the the extremely successful Hohner Rocket line, which was a breakthrough in diatonic mouth organ design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for wonderful comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance projection to ensure maximum loudness. The Rocket allows players to express a powerful, dynamic sound. Discover the world of low tunings with one of the world‘s loudest and most comfortable harmonica models. Comb: ABS, Blue Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Length: 10.2 cm Available in low keys (LC, LD, LE Flat, LE, LF) Comes with a zipper case  ... Read more
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Hohner Rocket Pro Pack - C, G A
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Hohner Rocket Pro Pack - C, G A

£115.99

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The Hohner Rocket Pro Pack - C, G A contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of The Hohner Rocket. The Hohner Rocket represents a new breakthrough in diatonic mouth organ design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for wonderful comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance projection to ensure maximum loudness. The Rocket allows players to express a powerful, dynamic sound.  ... Read more
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica

£6.99

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The Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Green Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Purple Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Purple Harmonica

£7.99

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The Hohner See-Thru Happy Purple Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Purple Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Yellow Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Yellow Harmonica

£6.99

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The Hohner See-Thru Happy Yellow Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Yellow Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner Special 20 5 Pack - G, A, C, D and E
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Hohner Special 20 5 Pack - G, A, C, D and E

£145.99

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Hohner Special 20 5 Pack - G, A, C, D and E - This 5 pack of Special 20s gives you the most popular keys, plus a convenient zip up case for significantly less expense than purchasing the five keys individually. About the Special 20 A unique, beautifully mellow sound, based on a revolutionary concept: the Special 20 was the first diatonic harmonica in the world with reed plates recessed into the comb, creating a projecting plastic mouthpiece. This makes it more comfortable to play, and the most copied harmonica design worldwide. Its distinctive sound is perfect for everything from Folk and Country to Rock and Pop. The Special 20 offers everything a professional harpist needs, but it’s also the ideal beginner’s instrument thanks to its smooth playability and comparatively affordable price. If you’re not just looking for a companion for the first few steps, but one to take you all the way, the Special 20 is your best possible bet. Special 20s, like all of Hohner's Progressive Series harmonicas, is made in Trossingen, Germany, where Hohner has been producing harmonicas since the 19th Century. As the world's largest harmonica manufacturer, Hohner is able to combine state of the art manufacturing facilities with traditional craftsmanship, ensuring that their instruments are of the highest quality at any given price point.  ... Read more
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

£33.99

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Hohner Special 20 has reed plates which are recessed into the injection moulded durable plastic comb, creating a projecting mouthpiece which offers unparalleled playing comfort. The special 20 has recessed reed plates affixed with screws. Rounded covers with closed sides give a warm, powerful tone which has made the Special 20 a favourite among rock and country players as well as blues musicians. The stable construction and full sound make the Special 20 one of the most popular Richter models. Airtight, loud and reliable. A superb choice of harp! This was the first Hohner harmonica to be manufactured with a plastic comb, potentially making it more airtight and less prone to swelling than wooden combed harps. Many modern harmonicas from other manufacturers are based on the Special 20. They say it's the most copied harmonica in the world! Also available in a handy pro-pack Hohner History - The Hohner Special 20 Hohner are the German based manufacturer that make the Special 20 harmonica. The Hohner special 20 is part of their progressive series, and has become their flagship entry harmonica. Hohner were founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner. According to How To Play The Hohner 10 Hole Diatonic Harmonica by David Harp 650 harmonicas were made in their first year of production, Matthias Hohner, originally a clock maker began crafting harmonicas in 1857, assisted by his wife and a single employee. The Hohner Special 20 is a diatonic harmonica, and it wasn't until the 1920s, Hohner began manufacturing chromatic harmonicas, which unlike the "standard" diatonic form can be played in any key. Worldwide Delivery The Harmonica Company provide competitive delivery rates, and time frames across the entire World. We hold huge stocks of all popular and less common models and ship daily using express couriers. The Hohner Special 20 is by far one of our most popular products which we are proud to sell all over the world. If you are looking for the best price for the Special 20 with super fast service then we can certainly help.... Read more
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Hohner Special 20 Pro Pack
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Hohner Special 20 Pro Pack

£83.99

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The Hohner Special 20 Pro Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the The Hohner Special 20. It has reed plates which are recessed into the injection moulded durable plastic comb, creating a projecting mouthpiece which offers unparalleled playing comfort. The Special 20 has recessed reed plates affixed with screws. Rounded covers with closed sides give a warm, powerful tone which has made the Special 20 a favourite among rock and country players as well as blues musicians. The stable construction and full sound make the Special 20 one of the most popular Richter models. Airtight, loud and reliable. Save money by ordering this pack of the three most popular keys instead of three individual harmonicas. A fantastic choice for your first harmonica, but also widely used by professional harmonica players Reeds: 20 Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm Mouthpiece surface: ABS Comb: Plastic Cover Service: Stainless steel Pack includes 3 x Hohner Special 20 in Keys: C, G & A Made in Germany The Special 20 is the world's most widely imitated harmonica. It was the first mainstream harp to utilise an ABS comb, which was a significant improvement on the unsealed Pearwood combs that were common at the time of its launch, and which were prone to swelling issues. Today it remains virtually unchanged from the original model, bar a few modifications to the location of holes for screws on the reed plate, and offers the same great sound and feel that it always has.... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Classic - Minor Wilde Tuning
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Seydel 1847 Classic - Minor Wilde Tuning

£84.99

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1847 CLASSIC - Wilde Minor Tunings - ideal for Rock in minor keys The special tuning Wilde Minor is directly derived from the Wilde Rock Tuning. Like the latter, the Wilde Minor Tuning enables the fluent playing of hard rock and blues rock licks, dedicated to minor-heavy pieces of music. The 1847 CLASSIC in Wilde Minor Tuning is available in the most commonly used minor keys of Cm, Dm, Em, Gm and Am (labeled in 2nd position). The key on the sticker describes the root note of the minor key played in 2nd position (more details, see below).... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Classic - Paddy Richter Tuning
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Seydel 1847 Classic - Paddy Richter Tuning

£84.99

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The Paddy Richter 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).... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Classic Harmonica - EDharmonica Tuning
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Seydel 1847 Classic Harmonica - EDharmonica Tuning

£84.99

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Blues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. EDharmonica - easy diatonic harmonica with free online courses & hundreds of tabs. The EDharmonica is produced on demand! Therefore delivery might take 2 weeks. QUICK RESULTS FOR BEGINNERS. The EDharmonica is designed in accordance with the laws of music and it’s been created specially for an easier learning and quick results. GREATER POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. The EDharmonica enables intermediate and advanced players to conveniently play in all music genres, in various keys, offers more possibilities with the blues, and is perfect for solo performances.... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Lightning Harmonica
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Seydel 1847 Lightning Harmonica

£99.49

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The Seydel 1847 LIGHTNING harmonica with polished stainless steel reeds - a dream for all harmonica-lovers The 1847 LIGHTNING harmonica is made without compromise: the best components available and SEYDEL’s masterly craftsmanship were used to build this harmonica lover’s dream. What makes the 1847 LIGHTNING so special? For the first time we created polished stainless steel reeds for the best responsiveness, a beautifully ballanced fat tone and a very long lifetime. The 1847 LIGHTNING is available in the seven most commonly used keys: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, and F. It comes as well in a set of seven instruments. The 1847 LIGHTNING comes with a polished solid comb made of stainless steel that gives the instrument not only extra weight (155 g / 5,5 Oz) but as well adds a very resonant component to the sound. The shiny stainless steel coverplates with the special 1847 3D-imprint and side vents are completely rounded at the front and opened wide at the back for the best sound projection towards the audience. All parts (even the rivets and screws) are made of anti-corrosive materials. The 1847 LIGHTNING is designed to be a lifetime companion and ready for any musical challenge. The 1847 LIGHTNING - sound refined to perfection  ... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Silver - Paddy Richter Tuning
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Seydel 1847 Silver - Paddy Richter Tuning

£84.99

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The Paddy Richter 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).... Read more
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Seydel 1847 Silver Harmonica - Half Valved PT Gazell
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Seydel 1847 Silver Harmonica - Half Valved PT Gazell

£86.99

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This PT-Gazell variant (half-valved) of the 1847 Silver allows you to play additional single reed bendings in 1-6 blow and 7-10 draw. This technique requires a special embouchure. It is possible to reach all chromatic scale notes without using Overblows.        ... Read more
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Seydel Big Six Blues Classic Harmonica
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Seydel Big Six Blues Classic Harmonica

£27.99

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The Seydel Big Six Blues Classic harmonica is a 6 hole blues harp in the key of C, (holes 1-6 =12 tones) and is therefore suited best for playing in the second position. A wonderful gift and a great idea by Seydel. Great sound because of the stainless steel reeds also used in Seydel's top-model the 1847! Comes with a lanyard Packed into a tin-can, that serves as packaging and also as a resonator for many sound effects! Sealed wooden comb 6 holes blow C4 E4 G4 C5 E5 G5 Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 draw D4 G4 B4 D5 F5 A5... Read more
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Seydel Big Six Folk Classic Harmonica
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Seydel Big Six Folk Classic Harmonica

£27.99

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The Seydel Big Six Folk Classic harmonica is a 6 hole folk harp in the key of C, (holes 4-9 lowered for one octave =12 tones) and is therefore suited for playing many traditional songs. A wonderful gift and a great idea by Seydel. Great sound because of the stainless steel reeds also used in Seydel's top-model the 1847! Comes with a lanyard Packed into a tin-can, that serves as packaging and also as a resonator for many sound effects! Sealed wooden comb 6 holes blow C4 E4 G4 C5 E5 G6 hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 draw D4 F4 A4 B4 D5 F5... Read more
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Seydel Just Play Harmonica - Junior Starter Kit
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Seydel Just Play Harmonica - Junior Starter Kit

£26.99

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The Seydel Just Play Harmonica - Junior Starter Kit comes with a booklet (36 pages) & video workshop for children from 6 years old up to adults of any age. Everyone can enjoy this fantastic starter kit. With this workshop you will learn how to play harmonica - even if you have never played another instrument before. Your teacher Mr. Just will help you to succeed - step-by-step! With the videos (or the multimedia programs) you can easily practise wherever you go. Ten songs for any occasion and a high-grade "JUSTY" harmonica in C-major included! Just scan the QR-codes in the booklet with your smartphone* and each lesson will start automatically - it is that easy! The unique tutorial method with "Mr. Just" as the conductor is very easy to understand and it is a lot of fun to play along. In the book you will also find the sheet music/tabs and the lyrics of each song. In the videos the sheet music scrolls slowly from the right to the left and you can play along untill you can play a song by memory! Additionally each song can be started as a multimedia-program on your desktop computer. Then you can mute the harmonica and play along to the piano as soon as you learned to play a certain song! DOWNLOAD the Android APP today! Here  ... Read more
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Seydel Sampler Harmonica Ab/Low Eb
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Seydel Sampler Harmonica Ab/Low Eb

£265.99

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The SEYDEL SAMPLER Harmonica is a real must have for the ambitious melody-player: One instrument in two keys and three full octaves available. The SAMPLER is the ideal instrument for playing popular melodies, Folk-music and Irish Folk and a real new challenge for all lovers of the "Chromatic Blues Sound"! The slider switches between two keys (Ab and Low Eb). - solo-tuning in the keys of Ab and Low Eb - three fulll octaves in two keys*, conveniently switchable with the slider or lockable - half-valving, some important bending notes (Bending: technique for lowering the notes) A comprehensive >Online-tutorial for the SAMPLER explains the instrument's features in detail. You can download the free pdf-version for printout. The online-version for the tutorial contains a large variety of sound examples and playbacks that show the new playing features available on the new SAMPLER harmonica. * Pressing the slider does not give the semi-note of the chromatic scale like on chromatic harmonicas. The slider does lower the notes for a perfect forth. Therefore the instrument can be played in two differnt keys but the chromatic scale is not available (without playing bending notes). The SAMPLER is not a tremolo harmonica.... Read more
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Seydel Sampler Harmonica C/G
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Seydel Sampler Harmonica C/G

£213.99

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The SEYDEL SAMPLER Harmonica is a real must have for the ambitious melody-player: One instrument in two keys and three full octaves available. The SAMPLER is the ideal instrument for playing popular melodies, Folk-music and Irish Folk and a real new challenge for all lovers of the "Chromatic Blues Sound"! The slider switches between two keys (C and G). - solo-tuning in the keys of C and G - three full octaves in two keys*, conveniently switchable with the slider or lockable - half-valving, some important bending notes (Bending: technique for lowering the notes) A comprehensive Online-tutorial for the SAMPLER explains the instrument's features in detail. You can download the free pdf-version for printout. The online-version for the tutorial contains a large variety of sound examples and playbacks that show the new playing features available on the new SAMPLER harmonica. * Pressing the slider does not give the semi-note of the chromatic scale like on chromatic harmonicas. The slider does lower the notes for a perfect forth. Therefore the instrument can be played in two different keys but the chromatic scale is not available (without playing bending notes). The SAMPLER is not a tremolo harmonica.... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel - PowerBender Tuning
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Seydel Session Steel - PowerBender Tuning

£62.99

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The Seydel Session Steel PowerBender 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. This is the PowerBender tuned Session Steel, however you can also get it in Paddy Richter, PowerDraw, Melodic Maker, Circular/Melody King, Country, Natural Minor and Harmonic 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. The PowerBender tuning builds on the best parts of the traditional Richter Tuning, while altering the scale to make the real juicy and important notes much easier to obtain throughout the whole three octave range. Same familiar breathing pattern in the upper-middle registers. All draw notes bend everywhere, holes 1-10! On the un-valved version you can overblow every hole 1-10, for full chromatic playing. Overdraws and blow bends are no longer possible or needed on a PowerBender - they are replaced with simple draw bends. Top octave easy to play (intuitive) as many familiar phrasings can be adopted from the bottom octaves Easy to play in the common positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th Like all Session Steels, the PowerBender model features: 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: PowerBender ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - EDharmonica Tuning
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - EDharmonica Tuning

£54.99

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Blues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. EDharmonica - easy diatonic harmonica with free online courses & hundreds of tabs. The EDharmonica is produced on demand! Therefore delivery might take 2 weeks. QUICK RESULTS FOR BEGINNERS. The EDharmonica is designed in accordance with the laws of music and it’s been created specially for an easier learning and quick results. GREATER POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. The EDharmonica enables intermediate and advanced players to conveniently play in all music genres, in various keys, offers more possibilities with the blues, and is perfect for solo performances. FREE ONLINE COURSES & HUNDREDS OF TABS. To help you master the EDharmonica, we have prepared 10 online courses, beginner to advanced, and over 500 tabs. All of that is available for free on the website: >play.EDharmonica.com      ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Half Valved PT Gazell
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Half Valved PT Gazell

£54.99

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This PT-Gazell variant (half-valved) of the SESSION STEEL allows you to play additional single reed bendings in 1-6 blow and 7-10 draw. This technique requires a special embouchure. It is possible to reach all chromatic scale notes without using Overblows.        ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Major Cross Tuning
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Major Cross Tuning

£54.99

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Play fast runs and Irish tunes on your harmonica The SESSION STEEL Major Cross from Tony Eyers makes fast tunes easier to play. The instrument was developed for fast bluegrass and Irish tunes. It’s also useful for Irish Folk, Scottish Reels, Jigs, Country tunes and all kind of flute and fiddle tunes. Explore the possibilities of this new tuning. The MAJOR CROSS tuning, developed by Tony Eyers, allows a major scale to be played in second (or cross) position without any bending. While many players use second position, they often find traditional tunes challenging, due to the bending/overblowing needed for some notes. MAJOR CROSS eliminates this problem. Moreover, as bending/overblowing is generally not needed, MAJOR CROSS harmonicas are well suited to the fast speeds common with traditional fiddle tunes.        ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Melodic Maker Tuning
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica - Melodic Maker Tuning

£54.99

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Blues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. The Melodic Maker tuning is the combination of Country and Paddy Richter tunings; compared to the Richter tuning the notes in channels 5 and 9 are raised for a semi-tone.In addition, the blow note in channel three is tuned two semi-tones higher. Many melodies normally only playable using bends or overblows become easily playable with the Melodic Maker tuning.Since the Melodic Maker is played mainly in 2nd postion the key label refers to the note in 2 draw! The SESSION STEEL model is presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound.    ... Read more
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2019
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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2019

£41.99

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Seydel Session Steel Harmonica Summer Edition 2019 - The Summer Edition Session Steel is back for 2019, and this year it comes with a mint coloured 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 harps colour combos to the standard orange combed Session Steels. Either way, we think that this year's mint green comb looks especially good. 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 brown leather pouch with white stitching.  ... Read more
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Suzuki Manji 3 Key Harmonica Set
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Suzuki Manji 3 Key Harmonica Set

£135.99

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The Suzuki Manji 3 key harmonica set includes 3 x M-20 harps designed for the player on the go. The most popular keys of C, G and A fit nicely in a beautiful carrying case that protects and cushions your Suzuki Manji's from dust and damage. Comes with a free case and discounted price against buying individual Suzuki Manji harmonicas. Features Suzuki's signature wood/resin comb, which provides the tone and warmth of wood, but with none of the swelling issues. The Suzuki Manji 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, the company's founder — now in his late 80's, however still pretty much in charge. He started with a single hand-built model nearly 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 Keys: C/G/A (3 piece set) Made in Japan About Suzuki Suzuki is one of the world's leading harmonica manufacturers, and has been producing harmonicas and related instruments in Japan since 1963. Its signature feature is phosphor bronze reeds, which provide a distinctive sound and outlast traditional brass reeds. In common with other harmonicas made in Japan, such as those manufactured by Tombo, Suzukis tend to be tuned to equal temperament, rather than the compromised tuning more commonly found on German made Hohners and Seydels. This makes them ideally suited for playing melody lines, although chords are also possible. 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 SUB30 Harmonica
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Suzuki SUB30 Harmonica

£125.99

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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 Aero Reed Harmonica
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Tombo Aero Reed Harmonica

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The Tombo Aero Reed harmonica is part of the Tombo diatonic range. Epoch-making 10-hole Harmonica combined with Tombo's consistent quality control and new Metal comb. Its coverplate, comb and reedplate construction are a new Tombo design. Clear and distinct tone metal comb Tombo's flagship diatonic model ... 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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