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A question of chromatics
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65 posts
Dec 28, 2017
11:52 AM
Or put another way which one to buy. I've saved up my amazon vouchers and can now afford a chromatic, so which one to buy.
I'm leaning towards a Suzuki SU-SCX-64-C at £155 which seems very good value. What's the difference between that and the SCX.
The other one I'm looking at is the Hohner 64 c at £ 166.
Has any one any preferences i would appreciate any advice to these or any other.
2441 posts
Dec 29, 2017
6:44 AM
Both of those are good chromatics.

The 64 are alot of harp. The nice part about the 64 is you have the extra low octave. However it's not as easy a transition from diatonic as a 12 hole.

I might suggest the 12 hole model over the 64.

I have a Hohner 64, an SCX48 and a 270.

The SCX is more comfortable, better responding and easier to bend.

The 64 is a bit more airy, but has better tone, imo.

Put it like this.
SCX = Corvette
Hohner 64 = Cadillac

If that makes sense.

Im not super experienced with the chromatic, but I've heard others say that the low octave on the 64 doesn't come in that useful for most songs. For blues it probably does,but... idk. It's a tough choice. I think eventually you need both. Just which do you want to buy first.

The hohner 64 can be had used rather cheaply. I bought my SCX brand new from Tons and I bought my vintage 64 refurbished off ebay for like $50. It was just totally rebuilt and refurbished.

Maybe that will help you make up your mind? I probably just confused you more... lol.

Hopefully someone else will weigh in.
67 posts
Dec 29, 2017
12:04 PM
Thanks for that, the low octave is why I'm looking at the 64's and I've always fancied a 'vette. Another reason is the rounded mouth piece on the SCX I found the angular one on the swan hard to get used to.
67 posts
Dec 30, 2017
7:03 AM
I have to agree the SCX 64 is a good choice, the one I have has good sound, it's air tight from end to end, and the slide is very quite.

As for the low octave, I have far more use for that than the high octave.
If you are playing something that is fairly repetitive, dropping down and playing a few lines or a verse in the low octave can liven things up a bit.

And your right about the mouth piece, I found it to be real comfortable, only draw back is once you try it any harps that have different mouth pieces take a bit of getting used to.

You also might want to check as I think the SCX 48 comes in a tenor tuned model, that's the first three octaves of a 64 without the high end.

Whatever you get good luck and have fun.
2447 posts
Dec 31, 2017
1:15 PM
I dint think you can get the SCX in tenor tune. Atleast not when I bought mine. The only cheaper model that does is the big plastic hohner one. Cx12?

Seydel makes onew I think, but it's pricey

I really want a tenor tune.
156 posts
Dec 31, 2017
2:41 PM
Check out the tenor Easttop at
Awesome harp.
I have a Seydel tenor too, but prefer the Easttop.
Hohner used to make a tenor 270. I’ve had two. One was a great harp. The other not so great. The Darth Vader Tenor (CX-12) is supposed to be nice but it be never seen one in person.
69 posts
Dec 31, 2017
8:18 PM
I forgot all about the EastTops, think that's why I thought Suzuki had an tenor, they look so much alike.

The EastTops are probably a good option too and they cost less

Seydel makes some real nice chromes, but they do cost a bit more.
I have two Suzuki SCXs, and a Seydel Saxony and a deluxe steel, but I find it hard to pick a winner.

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