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Harmonicas can be used to perform classical music as well as pop, jazz, folk and blues. Harmonicas that are used for this type of music generally fall into two categories: orchestral - where the harmonica is designed to be used as part of an ensemble, and will belong to a specific pitch range and timbre; and chromatic harmonicas, where the instrument is designed to occupy a similar musical space to other accompanied solo instruments, such as the flute.

Suzuki Sirius S-48S Harmonica
Suzuki Harmonicas

Suzuki Sirius S-48S Harmonica

£524.99
The Suzuki Sirius  S-48S harmonica combines excellent sound production and elegant design which will impress both audience and players alike. Suzuki have used their vast experience and know how to create the ‘Fabulous’ series, which in turn lead to the creation of the ‘Sirius’. Every detail about the design of the ‘Sirius’ has been carefully researched, resulting in a new standard of Chromatic Harmonica. This unique model allows the player to perform a wider range of playing expressions. Available Keys: C Range: 12 hole 48 notes (C1 to D4) Slide Alignment: Straight Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 158x45x31 Weight: 334g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth. ... Read more
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Suzuki Sirius S-56C Harmonica
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Suzuki Sirius S-56C Harmonica

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

Suzuki Sirius S-56S Harmonica

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

Suzuki Sirius S-64C Harmonica

£734.99
The Suzuki Sirius S-64C harmonica combines excellent sound production and elegant design which will impress both audience and players alike. Suzuki have used their vast experience and know how to create the ‘Fabulous’ series, which in turn lead to the creation of the ‘Sirius’. Every detail about the design of the ‘Sirius’ has been carefully researched, resulting in a new standard of Chromatic Harmonica. This unique model allows the player to perform a wider range of playing expressions. Available Keys: C Range: 16 hole 64 notes (C to D4) Slide Alignment: Cross (Long Stroke) Cover Plates: Brass with Matt Chrome Plating Body: ABS resin with brass weight Reedplate: Brass with chrome plating Reed: Phosphor bronze Mouthpiece: Silver Plated Brass Dimensions: 195x45x31 Weight: 395g Accessories: ABS Case, Cleaning Cloth ... Read more
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Tombo Pocket Bass Harmonica
Tombo Harmonicas

Tombo Pocket Bass Harmonica

£104.99
Tombo pocket bass harmonica Great for beginners to play ensemble. Tombo has the history of more than 80 years since it was established in 1917, their harmonicas are produced with Japanese craftsmanship. This harmonica has great tone,  and is fairly simple to produce good quality sounds. Ten Holes/ten Tones. ( two duplicated). Tonal Range E -f (E/F#/G/A/B/C/D/F) Plastic Body. Blow only W 145 x h 59 x d 49 mm. 359 g. Includes zipup carrying case ... Read more
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Tombo Pocket Chord Harmonica
Tombo Harmonicas

Tombo Pocket Chord Harmonica

£115.99
The Tombo Pocket Chord harmonica 8 chord harmonica with brass reedplates fully recessed in a satin finished ABS comb, stainless steel cover plates, and held together by screws and nuts. The Tombo Pocket Chord is wonderful for group and ensemble players, adding that extra depth to the music. Each chord has four blow reeds and the tuning and reed adjustment is excellent. The major and minor chords are tuned in Just Intonation to give the smoothest possible chords and the 7th chords tuned as a pure major triad with a tempered seventh added. A great harmonica for the beginners to play ensemble. Tombo are known for manufacturing the Lee Oskar diatonic range, which can be found here 8 Holes Range: C ~ B7 (C/D7/Dm/E7/F/G7/Am/B7) ABS Comb Stainless Steel Cover Plates Blow only W 147 x h 37 x d 26 mm 138 g Includes zipup carrying case ... Read more
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Tombo S50 Chromatic Harmonica
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Tombo S50 Chromatic Harmonica

£35.99
There are two problems with current chromatic harmonicas; the slide and and the air-valve. The Tombo S50 chromatic harmonica has no slide or air-valve, which helps to extend its lifespan versus traditional chromatic harmonicas Also it's constructed to provide one tone per hole, which makes it possible to produce significantly higher volume levels than traditional chromatics. Major notes are on the top, with sharps and flats on the bottom. 44 Reeds 44 Tones Tonal Range : c1~c4 Yellow plastic case Slideless Chromatic ... Read more
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Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica
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Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica

£214.99
The Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica was developed in cooperation with the legendary Jean "Toots" Thielemans, the grand old man of harmonica jazz. Toots recommends the Mellow Tone for ballads or classical pieces and the Hard Bopper for more contemporary material. Thicker plates and long slot reeds give this instrument a full, powerful sound with the fast response needed for jazz and rock music. It has a pearwood comb, optimized for improved response in the upper register. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Reed Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Chrome plated brass covers with Toots signature embossing Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica
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Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica

£201.99
The Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica was developed in cooperation with the legendary Jean "Toots" Thielemans, the grand old man of harmonica jazz. Toots recommends the Mellow Tone for ballads or classical pieces and the Hard Bopper for more contemporary material. Short slot reeds and thinner reed plates make this model perfect for playing ballads. The pearwood body gives the instrument a warm, resonant tone. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Reed Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Chrome plated brass covers with Toots signature embossing Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Amadeus Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Amadeus Harmonica

£1,199.99

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The Hohner Amadeus harmonica is a luxurious chromatic used by professionals, developed in cooperation with the Italian chromatic virtuoso Willi Burger. The combination of a polished CNC milled acrylic body, a gold-plated mouthpiece and extra thick reed plates gives a touch of exclusiveness to this elegantly styled harmonica. Here's what Hohner say about the Amadeus: "Willi Burger is without question one of the all time great interpreters of classical music on the chromatic harmonica. Born in Milan in 1934, the Italian harmonica virtuoso has spent a lifetime performing countless works written or arranged for the instrument to international critical acclaim - reason enough for HOHNER to enter into a cooperation with him to design a harmonica specifically for the classical soloist. Incorporating many of Burger’s suggestions, the Amadeus features a gorgeous see-through acrylic comb and a unique gold plated mouthpiece design. It is not just one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most powerful harmonicas ever made, with an enormous dynamic range and fantastic tone." Comb: acrylic glass, transparent, colourless Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Read Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: Chrome Slide Construction: zigzag Mouthpiece Surface: Gold Length: 19 cm Comes in a Luxury Wooden Case Range of 3 full octaves Keys: C Major Made in Germany ... Read more
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Hohner Chrometta 14 Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Chrometta 14 Harmonica

£114.99

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The Hohner Chrometta 14 is the largest harmonica in the Chrometta series, boasting 56 notes which offers a complete tonal range of a violin. It has wider channel openings making it easier for the beginner to play single notes. This model is excellent value for money if you want to try the out the enlarged 56 note version of a chromatic harp. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 14 Reeds: 56 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 56 notes, 31/2 octave range, C-major Length: 19 cm Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Chromonica Super 64 Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Chromonica Super 64 Harmonica

£215.99

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This model has now been discontinued, but it has been replaced by the Performance Series Super 64 Chromatic Harmonica The Hohner Chromonica Super 64 has a stable construction and ergonomic design, which make it a benchmark in manufacturing of high quality chromatic harps with a 4 octave range. Stevie Wonder recorded many of his greatest hits on the Super 64. It has a silver plated mouthpiece with round holes. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 16 Reeds: 64 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Mouthpiece Surface: Silver Length: 19.3 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Full 4 octave range Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Double Bass 58 Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Double Bass 58 Harmonica

£1,199.99

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The Hohner Double Bass 58 Orchestral harmonica is a bass with a wow-effect. As well as rhythmic accompaniment, every harmonica ensemble needs a suitable bass. With this 2-voice instrument each channel contains two reeds, tuned exactly one octave apart, giving an extremely fat sound. The lower of each pair of octave-tuned reeds is located on the inner rows of the instrument, ensuring that high and low ranges are equidistant from one another and thus enabling balanced micro-phoning. For the first time, the mouthpiece of the Bass 58 and Bass 78 models has been integrated into the body, making them remarkably airtight and ensuring matchless response and volume. This Hohner Double Bass 58 is a top of the line model and was developed in close cooperation with leading international players to create a high end professional instrument, combining unprecedented performance and ease of playability with the finest Hohner quality - a milestone in Hohner‘s legendary series of orchestral harmonicas. Optimised channel openings ensure great response even at low volume. Mouthpiece integrated into comb construction for maximum air tightness and volume. Complete stability in all climate zones thanks to modern acrylic glass body. Also known as the Hohner M965 Double Bass 29/58 / Hohner Bass 58 Entirely assembled with screws for easy maintenance.   Key specifications:  Bass 58 Tonal Range: E1-E3 (1E-e) Comb: Acrylic glass, transparent, colourless Number of hole: 29 Reeds: 58 Brass Reed Plates: 2.0mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Chrome Mouthpiece Surface: Acrylic glass Length: 21.3 cm Case/Packaging: Zip Case Included Accessories: Black straps  ... Read more
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Hohner New Super 64 (Performance Series)
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner New Super 64 (Performance Series)

£328.99

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Hohner New Super 64 (Performance Series) - The original HOHNER Super 64 embodied the high end chromatic harmonica since it first came on the market. With the new Super 64, HOHNER upgrades this iconic instrument with a breathtaking design and a whole range of innovative features. The VarioSpring System permits individual adjustment of slide spring tension, while the revolutionary construction of the new SilentSlide is exceptionally airtight and almost completely silent in operation. In addition, the optimized comb chambers ensure fastest possible response. The new Super 64 also sets new standards in durability and ease of maintenance. The reed plates are mounted with screws, without contact to the covers, reducing reed wear and making basic maintenance much simpler. The covers are attached separately and the nylon case provided also serves as a mobile work bench. Truly a giant step in the evolution of the chromatic harmonica. The new Super 64 features 1.2mm brass reed plates, an ABS comb, stainless steel cover plates and zigzag slide construction. It's solo tuned and has a full 4 octave range from C3 - D7. About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's oldest harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th Century. Its Marine Band diatonic harmonica has been used by many of the most famous harp players, from Sonny Terry to Bob Dylan, and its wide availability and relative inexpensiveness helped it to play a part in kickstarting the blues genre. Hohner hasn't rested on its laurels, though; although the Marine Band is relatively unchanged, the company has introduced many innovations, such as recessed reed plates, ABS combs and ergonomic chromatic harps.... Read more
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Hohner New Super 64X Performance Series
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner New Super 64X Performance Series

£499.99

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Hohner New Super 64X Performance Series - When the original Super 64X hit the market it astonished chromatic enthusiasts with its beautiful black and gold design and its volume boost thanks to the double thickness reed plates on the first two octaves. With the new Super 64X HOHNER has managed to top expectations once again. Its double thickness reed plates now extend over the entire range of the instrument, offering a massive boost in volume in all octaves and the high-end coating gives it a uniquely attractive appearance. The VarioSpring System permits individual adjustment of slide spring tension, while the revolutionary construction of the new SilentSlide is exceptionally airtight and almost completely silent in operation. In addition, the optimized comb chambers ensure fastest possible response. Just like the new Super 64, the Super 64X sets new standards in durability and ease of maintenance. The reed plates are mounted with screws, without contact to the covers, reducing reed wear and making basic maintenance much simpler. The covers are attached separately and the nylon case provided also serves as a mobile work bench. The new Super 64X – a black beauty with a bite! About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's oldest harmonica manufacturers, having been producing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. It has been responsible for multiple innovations and is trusted by some of the greatest harmonica players.... Read more
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Larry Adler LA16 Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Larry Adler LA16 Harmonica

£195.99

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The Larry Adler LA16 is a classical chromatic harmonica, played - amongst others - by Larry Adler, one of the greatest harmonica virtuoso's of all time. Excellent response and full sound. Sound: Chromatic. Reeds: 64 Reed Plate: Brass, 1.05mm Keys: C major Comb: Plastic Case/Packaging: Plastic snap case Size: Length: 18.4cm. ... Read more
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Orchestral Harmonicas

When instruments are played as part of an ensemble, such as those in a traditional classical orchestra, a range of pitch ranges and timbres is required in order to provide overall clarity and balance. Orchestral harmonicas are no exception to this rule, and are defined by their range and type. At the lower end, bass harmonicas are designed to operate in a similar range to orchestral bass instruments, such as the double bass. Above this are tenor, baritone and soprano harmonicas, which are often complemented by chordal harmonicas, which provide the bigger sounds usually associated with the strings section in a classical orchestra.

The Best Orchestral Harmonicas

The best orchestral harmonicas tend to be made by established harmonica manufacturers in Germany and Japan. These include Suzuki, Tombo and Hohner.

What Type of Classical Harmonica Should I buy?

For solo performances with an accompanist, a 16 hole chromatic harmonica is usually the best choice, as it provides a wide pitch range and gives access to full chromaticism. Instruments like the Hohner Super 64, the Seydel Symphony 64, and the Suzuki SCX-64 will give access to the range of tones and notes needed for these types of performances without breaking the bank.

For ensemble work Tombo provides a range of relatively inexpensive bass and contra bass harmonicas, which cover the lower notes, whilst Hohner covers chordal and higher range harmonicas designed to play melody lines.

Famous Classical Harmonica Players

Perhaps the most famous of all classical harmonica players is the late, great Larry Adler, whose mastery of the chromatic led even Gershwin, after hearing Adler play Rhapsody in Blue, to pronounce that it seemed like it had been written specifically for Adler.

Over the years, Adler performed and recorded a large number of classical pieces, with his harmonica often taking the place of the solo violin.

Adler died in London in 2001, but he leaves behind a legacy of outstanding performances and can be credited with elevating the status of the chromatic harmonica to sit with serious traditional instruments.

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