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Solo tuning:  non-slide retail options?
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58 posts
Jan 10, 2019
9:47 AM
I am aware that Seydel has standard offerings for Solo and Orchestra tunings. I'm also aware of a 12-hole Hohner model. And I know that Brendan Power has a 13-hole Easttop which is now available in Solo tuning.

In 2019 (and beyond), are there other ootb options?
61 posts
Jan 10, 2019
9:52 AM
Don’t know if it’s still available but the Huang Cadet Soloist is another option.

Last Edited by Gus on Jan 10, 2019 9:53 AM
2809 posts
Jan 15, 2019
6:09 PM
There is also a Hohner 10 hole 364 solo tuned. I just got one as a gift from an old friend.
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245 posts
Jan 16, 2019
12:03 PM
I have a 10 hole marine band in solo tuning which I purchased a couple of years ago from the harmonica company in the uk....its a great harp,but I think theyve been discontinued.Kongsheng make a solo tuned diatonic...I have one which I purchased from ali express.It plays great and was cheap too!
10037 posts
Jan 16, 2019
12:31 PM
What exactly are you looking for out of a solo tuning? A lot of tremolos are in solo tuning.

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Jan 16, 2019
1:25 PM
I like using solo tuned diatonics for tuning experiments.
But I don't usually do that, because I can't get them in all the keys--so I usually use what I have.
Special 20s usually . . . I just created a tuning with one that would have been easier using a solo tuned harp--
C F Bb C Eb F Bb C Eb F
Sorry I can't get the holes to line up, but every draw note is three half steps higher than the blow note.
The top blow note is tuned waaaay down.

Last Edited by Gnarly on Jan 16, 2019 1:29 PM
59 posts
Jan 17, 2019
3:52 AM
Nacoran: For many alternate (re-)tuning projects, solo diatonic is a good starting point.

Grahamonica: A solo-tuned ten-hole, twenty-reed Kongsheng would be ideal, but I cannot find these on Aliexpress or anywhere else. Do you have a model name or url for this?
47 posts
Jan 20, 2019
10:02 PM
Hering makes the Special 24. It replaces their Master Solo. Both are 12 holes, both with valves holes 1-5. Nice setup for playing "3rd position chromatic blues" sans slide. I hope we will see Hering harmonicas available in the states again one day soon.
Thievin' Heathen
1102 posts
Jan 21, 2019
6:09 PM
Hohner 364's & 365's are similar to solo tuning after you get past the first 4 holes. They lack the 4-5 same root note repeat, but you get complete octaves. If you are looking for a solo tuning practice alternative to a Chromatic, the subtle differences will probably ruin your day.

Slightly O.T. I have a solo tuned MB that has the 5-Star cover plate but it came in a plastic display box so I have serious doubts it's pre-war. Anyone know what's up with that?
246 posts
Jan 22, 2019
11:14 AM
If you go to aliexpress and type in KONGSHENG Amazing20 Deluxe ,this will offer you the choice of choosing this model with paddy richter tuning (I should have said this),not exactly the same as solo,but still great for playing melodies....Good luck.
3559 posts
Jan 23, 2019
8:41 AM
@Thievin' Heathen -- What you're referring to is the MB Soloist, which was also known as the School Band, which was discontinued in 1975, and most of those were made prior to WWII and were designed as an introductory instrument to the chromatic when harmonica was actually being taught in some public schools and every single one of the MB Soloists have all come in plastic cases like that (and I have a couple of them) but the School Band always came in a paper box.

The 364S model (NOT to be confused with the 364SBS, which is the Steve Baker model and something entirely different altogether), introduced in the early 80's was always a very poor quality replacement for them.
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48 posts
Jan 23, 2019
2:20 PM
Seydel also makes a solo-tuned harp called the "Seydel SOLIST Pro 12 Steel". They sell two different setups under that same name of harp, however, and the 12-hole solo-tuned harp you are looking for is available only in the key of C, as per Ron's list of Seydels. Here is a link to the breakdown of that harp.


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