Monthly Archives: October 2016

Review on the Seydel Harmonicas!

Hello harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about, a German made harmonica, that was first introduced over 160 years ago, by Christian August Seydel, in Klingenthal/Saxony Germany. Here’s a picture of Christian August Seydel ,and his first manufacturing plant in Germany, with his primitive assembly line.

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 Seydel Manufacturing’s first Harmonica Orchestra!

 

Beginnings- around 1847

In the 17th century the Seydel family, were miners, in Sachsenberg-Georgenthal / Saxony Germany. When mining was discontinued in Saxony Vogtland Germany, brothers Johann Christian Seydel ,and Christian August Seydel, began working as instrument makers. Both of them became approved harmonica makers, on October 27th, 1847. The certificate, contains the first documented reference,  with Christian August Seydel being registered as the company founder.

The factory was established in Klingenthal, at the foot of the famous ‘Aschberg,’ and was to become one of the biggest harmonica factories in all of Saxony. In 1882, Christian August Seydel died, and his son Richard took over. One year later, his brother Moritz joined, and from that day, the company was named (C.A. Seydel and Sons).

Beginnings

In 1829′ a dealer, named Johann Wilhelm Glier, invented an instrument he called the mouth organ, in Klingenthal/Saxony ,and the Glier Brothers began to manufacture the instrument.mainright_galery_01_m-1
“Harmonicas” of the 1800’s, shown here>
had a ivory mouthpiece, with fold out covers.
    An engraving, of a Seydel harmonica,
around 1880, is also shown here with an ivory mouthpiece.
 Up to 1900, harmonicas, had mostly just the company name on them.
 You can recognize models from before 1880, by their plain cover plates.
At “C.A. Seydel Söhne,” they still use some of the techniques that the craftsmen used at that time.
    The Seydel Blues Classic 1847  is the first produced Richter-diatonic harmonica, with stainless steel reeds, which represents all traditional demands of a harmonica.
The 1847, is the result of Seydel’s, 160 years of experience, in manufacturing high-quality harmonicas, some of the features, full loud rich sound, and extremely fast responsiveness, due to stainless steel reeds.
It has long durability, even with heavy duty playing, because of stainless steel reeds, it has less air loss due to fine cut reed plates.
Beard ,and lip friendly,  cover plates with rounded edges, moisture proof, no swelling, maple comb sealed ,and can be used indoor or outdoors.
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Have you, ever heard of the Seydel harmonica?

Have you, ever played a Seydel Harmonica?

Would you, consider trying a Seydel harmonica?

What kind of Harmonica, do you play?

Why do you prefer, that Harmonica?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will reply, as soon as possible.

Thank you, for checking out my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Review on the Suzuki Manji Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about a revolutionary new designed harmonica called the Suzuki  Manji, named after the founder of Suzuki harmonicas “Mr. Manji Suzuki”now in his late 80’s is still very active in the design of new technology for harmonicas.

Because Mr. Manji put his name on this harmonica he feels that this is going to be one of the best designed and performing harmonicas on the market for the 21st century. The tone and power of this instrument is huge in the past to create an instrument that had this much power while enabling the bent notes to be played with ease I would spent an hour custom tuning this harmonica.

    Big tone and volume usually results in a loss of sensitivity making it difficult to bend the reeds with ease. With its cutting edge technology the Suzuki Manji is the first high end instrument that I have played out of the box that you can achieve the perfect balance between, power and responsiveness but still has a warm sound to it. With rounded cover plates to make it comfortable on your mouth when playing it and is weather resistant because of the unique resin comb design it is not affected by moisture or heat it comes with Laser tuned phosphor bronze reeds resulting in no swelling or shrinking of the reeds.

I’m pretty sure you’ll be delighted with how easy this harmonica is to bend notes (including over-blowing) while maintaining a rich tone. This is a harmonica that I would recommend for beginners to professionals. This harmonica is one of the harmonicas I use in my performances.

At the end of the day there is no “best harmonica” It really comes down to personal preference and choice. The Suzuki Manji is well worth considering as one of your choices you can purchase a Suzuki Manji Harmonica from my website through amazon and get a better price and shipped straight to you. You can purchase a Suzuki Manji right here>suzuki manji harmonicas .

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Advanced Technology and Classic Style

The all new Suzuki Manji Harmonica has advanced technology and functional beauty that are combined in this stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica.

“Mr. Manji Suzuki” started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago and has built Suzuki up into one of the world’s premier harmonica manufacturers.

Harmonicas are “Mr. Suzuki’s” passion and his life’s work.

Have you ever heard of the Suzuki Manji Harmonica?

Have you ever played a Suzuki Manji Harmonica?

What kind of Harmonica do you play?

Why do you like that Harmonica?

Would you consider trying a Suzuki Manji Harmonica?

I would love to get your feedback on this  please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonica.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Hohner Crossover replaces the Original Marine Band 1896 Classic

Hello Harmonica Lovers! 

Let me tell you about, a new designed harmonica, that over the years a lot of changes have been made to it, making it one of the premier choices of harmonicas, for all  harmonica players, from beginners to professionals, this is the harmonica of the future, called the “Hohner Crossover!”

“The Marine Band Crossover”, has expanded the Marine Band series, to introduce a new top-of-the-line professional harmonica, a quality instrument for the discerning player, in modern blues, country, rock, jazz, soul and funk. This harmonica covers all the music genres which is why it’s named the hohner crossover ,and can be used for all styles.

It come with a laminated bamboo comb, that is completely sealed, making it water repellent, and can withstand adverse weather conditions, which can harm other harmonicas, and make them go out of tune, because of swelling or shrinking of the reeds. The” Crossover” is extremely airtight, and has a responsive, and powerful sound, which is exceptionally well suited to amplified playing, as well as acoustic playing.

     This modern compromise tuning, is ideal for single note playing, in different positions, in a wide range of styles, while still retaining a full chord sound. Making the “Crossover” one of the most favorable additions to the great Marine Band Harmonica Family. Because of the qualities that the Hohner Crossover possess, and the ability to be used in all style of music, the “Crossover” has replaced a lot of other harmonicas.

Because of the bamboo comb, it has a warm smooth sound to it, with rounded cover plates, which makes it comfortable to play. The “Crossover” has a sealed bamboo comb, which can be played indoors or outdoors, and the weather conditions don’t affect it.

Also a lot of professionals harmonica instructor’s, are switching to the “Hohner Crossover” from the Original Marine Band 1896 Classic, and even encouraging  their students to start off, with the “Hohner Crossover”, because of the quality instrument that it is. It is better to pay a little more, for a quality instrument, which makes learning a lot easier. Because of the design, of the “Hohner Crossover” bending notes, are a lot easier, for the beginner.

I would personally recommend,  “The Hohner Crossover” for beginners to professionals!

I hope this article helps someone, to make the right decision, when buying their next harmonica, which you can purchase through my website.

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Have you, ever seen the Hohner Crossover?

Have you, ever played a Hohner crossover?

Do you like the Hohner Crossover?

What kind, of harmonica do you play?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you, for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Review on the original Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic

 

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to talking about, the (One and Only), “Original Hohner Marine Band 1896  Classic.” This is one of the first harmonicas, that hohner designed, that has been used by professionals, for years, for blues, and other styles, and is still being used today by harmonica players all over the world.

The Hohner Marine Band 1896 classic, has been the standard for harmonica players, for centuries from the birth of the blues. The Marine Band 1896 Classic has been played by iconic figures, such as Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and many more. It still remains the top choice, for the top professional, as well as new musicians around the world.

The Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic harmonica, can be played by beginners, as well as professionals. This harmonica has been  recognized, for its full tone, and distinctive wood comb, that gives it a soft, warm sound. One of the drawbacks on this harmonica, is the construction of it, it has a wood comb, which is affected by temperature change, and cover plates that are not rounded off, so it’s hard on your mouth, when you play it, not a smooth surface.

The other drawback, is that it’s subject to weather change, even under normal conditions, it has the possibility of the wood comb, swelling and shrinking, which changes the sound of the harmonica.

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Original Hohner Marine Band

I stated earlier, that a lot of famous great harmonica players,  still use this harmonica today. All though their has been, a lot of new models, of Hohner harmonicas, that have come out, since the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic, was first produced, and introduced into the harmonica world back in the 1800’s.

Hohner has a model called the Marine Band Deluxe, which is the step above the original  Marine Band 1896 Classic. it’s a beefed up version of the Marine Band 1896 Classic, and priced a little higher. They have also come out with, the number one choice to replace, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic. They named it the “Hohner Crossover” it comes with a bamboo comb, that is sealed, to protect it from swelling and shrinking of the reeds. It’s not affected by weather conditions.

The Hohner Crossover has been designed to play easier, with rounded cover plates, that makes it comfortable to play, and still has a soft warm sound, like the original Marine Band 1896 Classic. Professional Harmonica Instructor’s, are using the Hohner Crossover for teaching, as well as playing it themselves for personal use.

“David Barrett’s” online course, teaches with the Hohner Crossover, it’s the harmonica of choice, for him, and his students. David Barrett use to play, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic, before the Hohner Crossover was designed. But now, he uses the Hohner Crossover instead.

Have you ever used, a Marine Band 1896 Classic?

Do you like, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic?

Do you know, any harmonica players, that use the Marine Band 1896 Classic?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Review on the Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be telling you about, the “Hohner Special 20,” a responsive, superior bending, rich tone, and comes with a durable airtight plastic comb. This harmonica has become the harmonica of choice, for recording artist, John Popper (Blues Traveler Band).

In 2015 John Popper, changed his brand of harmonicas, to a John Popper signature harmonica, made by Fender, but he still likes the hohner special 20. The Hohner Special 20 is one of his favorite harmonicas, out of the box, but now, he plays a custom harmonica, designed by fender. That was made especially, for him, and his playing technique, and style.

Most harmonica players that enjoy a wide variety of genres, from country, folk, to rhythm and blues, this would be a harmonica that I would recommend. I personally use, and prefer the Hohner Special 20, it’s one of my favorite harmonicas. It is available in 12 major keys, as well as a special Country Tuning, which features, a major 7th, when played in the cross harp position, that some of the other brands, don’t offer,  in this special tuning.

 

The pricing, on the Hohner Special 20 harmonica, is comparable to most out of the box harmonicas,  for the quality that comes from them. I wrote an earlier post on pricing, check it out here> different pricing of harmonicas that you can purchase, through my website.

The Hohner Special 20 harmonicas, are the harmonicas, that I use the most, when I perform. They have a good, clean sound, easy to play, rounded cover plates, makes it comfortable to play, plastic comb, more durable, and can withstand conditions of the weather,  better than the wood combs, that swell and shrink in weather. All around a great harmonica, for beginners to professionals, this would be one of my, top picks of harmonicas.

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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

Have you ever played, a hohner special 20?

Do you like, the hohner special 20?

What do you like, about the hohner special 20?

What kind, of harmonica do you use?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry