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nacoran
9430 posts
Apr 14, 2017
1:13 PM
Shoot, the form ate my post...

Nice harp. Plays well, sounds good, nice to hold and looks sharp, and beats the other brands on price. I'll let you know more as I play more. It's a LF. The 6 overblow pops nicely, but I can't get the 4 or 5, but I haven't opened it up yet so gapping may fix it. Also came with a little miniharp on a chain and a cleaning cloth. Sturdy casing. Very favorable first impressions. :) :) :)




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Rontana
397 posts
Apr 14, 2017
1:46 PM
I recently bought a T008S from Rockin' Ron's, as I didn't have an Ab in my kit. After hearing all the talk about Easttop, curiosity got the better of me.

All in all, I'm very satisfied. The harp needed some gapping (which is usual more times than not) but after that it was extremely responsive. I don't know if this is always the case with Easttop, but the harp doesn't require much breath.

I did sand the draw-reed plate (again, I usually do that) and also rounded off the corners of the cover plates . . . they kept yanking at my moustache.

Before buying, I thought Easttop might be roughly the equivalent of a Suzuki Harpmaster, but it plays much, much better than those. Nice heft to it as well.

While MB is still my favorite, Easttop seems a good harp (especially for the price . . . I think it was $26).
ME.HarpDoc
237 posts
Apr 14, 2017
6:39 PM
I've got a few Easttops now and love 'em. A couple have the riveted reeds and I've got one with the welded reeds. MAYBE the welded reed harp sounds a little better OOTB but it's in the key of E and I have nothing to compare to. The opening on the back of the cover plate is different, they're both side vented. The reed plate on the riveted is brass while the welded model states chrome plated brass .

The riveted reed edition states ABS comb while the welded reed advertises a flat sanded resin comb (that may make a difference in playability).

So does anyone else notice a difference in playability of the two models worth an extra $8?
DanP
329 posts
Apr 14, 2017
8:09 PM
I have a Fender Blues De Ville harp that I really like. I think I read somewhere on the net that they are made by Easttop and rebranded by Fender. Anyone know? It's the best Chinese made harmonica that I've ever played.
nacoran
9431 posts
Apr 14, 2017
8:55 PM
ME.HarpDoc, I hadn't noticed the back much. Doug was commenting in a different thread that the covers are compatible with Hohner MS harps, and looking at them they look like distant cousins of the Blues Harp. They have the same strut spacing. It's like a vented version of the BH. The comb seems to be thinner on the Blues Harp though, although maybe the comb is thicker on a Low F for Easttop? I know a couple brands do that.

Yeah, I'm really happy with the purchase. Tomorrow I'll open in up and look inside.


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jbone
2284 posts
Apr 15, 2017
6:20 AM
I used all 3 of my Eastops on a gig last night. 2 008's and a higher end metal comb with a gasket set between reed plates and comb. While the 008 in D could use a bit of gapping I think, all 3 performed very well indeed.
They are a competitor quality-wise for real.
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JSalow
16 posts
Apr 16, 2017
4:11 PM
I've had my Easttop 008S (Bb) for two weeks and...I love it! It overblew well out of the box and was pretty responsive considering how most of the gaps were enormous. And the 3 draw bends are the easiest I've experienced (could this have to do with the extra thick reedplates?). Once I narrowed the gaps it plays easy over the entire harp. And most importantly the tone is great. Not too warm but not too bright.

The only issue was the reeds had a weirdly acute upward angle right at the tips. I guess that made them a bit more responsive, the sail catching the air, but it meant the entire reed wouldn't enter the slot at once so this made some of those lower blow reeds more difficult to choke. Once I straightened them the overblowing became even better and easier.

The ET tuning was decent, only some small beating on some octaves, others perfect. I'll probably retune it to the crossover tuning at some point.

I also love the feel and weight of the extra thick reedplates and comb. Whatever the resin is they use I'm a fan.

In short, I got what feels and sounds like a top level expensive harp for $26.50. There is no question I will buy these in every key. Amazing value!

Edit:

I do have to agree the sides of the covers pull the beard hairs, but I can work on them to reduce that. If that's my biggest complaint we have a real winner here.

Last Edited by JSalow on Apr 16, 2017 4:16 PM
indigo
352 posts
Apr 16, 2017
9:26 PM
I have two Lucky 13s' (C and D) they are great Harps.
Even without the advantage of that lower octave the entire Harp plays well.Bit of gapping is all that i needed to do.
Will definitely be buying a few more.
Sarge
595 posts
Apr 17, 2017
6:18 AM
Buying your Easttops from newharmonica.com insures that you will get a good one and if not Danny will make it good. He stands behind what he sells.
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dantana
9 posts
Apr 17, 2017
8:40 AM
Wow I see the T008K on Amazon for $11.99 + $4.99 shipping. Strongly considering trying one. Does anyone know how they are tuned? (Closer to ET I hope)
nacoran
9435 posts
Apr 17, 2017
8:57 AM
I've seen a couple different cover/comb combos too, around the net.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LAXAGFY/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_20_w


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0F22JZ/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_18_w

I can't find the link but somewhere I saw a white covered one with a clear comb...

Oh wait, here one is-

http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/easttop+harmonica.html

hmm, looking at the site more it looks like they may be associated with the Bee brand, which I'd seen before (so that would be their equivalent of the BluesBand?)

http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/easttop+harmonica/1.html

And a full length cover model:

http://www.dhgate.com/product/wholesale-10-holes-easttop-harmonica-diatonic/395055597.html#s2-23-1b;srp|0371044376

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chromaticblues
1768 posts
Apr 17, 2017
9:43 AM
I wish they made some with brass reeds!
WinslowYerxa
1294 posts
Apr 17, 2017
11:24 AM
Bee Brand and East Top both come from Jiangsu Musical Instrument, Bee being the low end and East Top being the "Top" end; they used to have a mid-line brand, but that seems to have disappeared. They use the Bee name, though for both their Alibaba page:

https://beeharmonica.en.alibaba.com/?spm=a2700.8304367.0.0.xrgn6o

and their own website:

http://www.bee-harmonica.com

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Last Edited by WinslowYerxa on Apr 17, 2017 7:10 PM
nacoran
9436 posts
Apr 17, 2017
11:36 AM
I wish they had minor/harmonic minor tunings. I'd fill out my set.

Edit- they do seem to have a natural minor, but only in tremolo.

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Rontana
400 posts
Apr 19, 2017
7:38 AM
@ME Harp Doc

I've wondered about this myself; is there a difference in playability between the welded and riveted reeds on the Easttop models? I can't see as it would play a huge roll (keeping in mind I've only been playing a few years). My MBs and Sp 20s are riveted, and I like them just fine.

I am a little dubious about the description of the "flat-sanded resin" comb on the T008S. I dismantled a T008S and a Special 20 this morning to compare. To my (again, far from expert) eye, the comb material seems awfully similar; both appear to be ABS plastic. The resin comb on the one Manji I owned was a different animal entirely.

I may pick up a few T008K models as an experiment (and also because I've wanted to a few ET harps for melodies)

Last Edited by Rontana on Apr 19, 2017 7:45 AM
WinslowYerxa
1299 posts
Apr 19, 2017
8:30 AM
Resin may be a poor translation, just as is the "copper board" description of brass reedplates.

Acrylic is a plastic used for some harmonica combs. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (Plexiglass, Lucite) that's used for combs is a subset of a group of acrylic resins, which the translation may have focused on.

Acrylic is hard like ABS; it won't be gummy like tree sap. So I'm not sure you could easily tell the difference.

The Manji comb is a composite of plastic and wood dust (with the idea that the wood component might confer some of the perceived benefits of wood without wood's physical instability). Yes it is a different animal.

Welding can be done without the physical force of riveting and with greater precision. The potential benefit in playability is a reed more precisely centered in its slot and, as a result, potentially closer tolerances between slot edge and reed edge – provided the precision is properly dialed in. Suzuki has gone entirely to welding and their close tolerances are also something widely remarked on.

East Top seems to be following in Suzuki's footsteps in design appearance, materials, and methods, even while doing innovative things like milling lipped brass chromatic combs.

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Rontana
401 posts
Apr 19, 2017
9:04 AM
Thanks Winslow . . . that clears things up.
JSalow
17 posts
Apr 20, 2017
10:54 AM
The "resin" comb on the 008S is definitely not ABS or acrylic. It's clearly different. It has a unique texture that it not even close to either.
WinslowYerxa
1300 posts
Apr 21, 2017
11:22 AM
My T008S (admittedly, over a year old) has a hard plastic comb, sort of orangey-camel color. Without disassembling it, it doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary. But it's entirely possible that something has change since I received mine.
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shakeylee
629 posts
Apr 22, 2017
12:44 PM
Dave Holtzman from the little red rooster blues band played with me the other night.
he used an easttop on one song,and i think it sounded just as good as his other harps,TBH.
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