I have Low F Silver, and Low D, and Low C Seydel SSs and they all work fine for me. I find that the Low C is not very bendable FOR ME in the low octave.
I don't have my Low F# in Seydel, but Low F# is 1/2 step below a G and should work fine for you.
Seydels have slightly different spacing and may be a little thicker in your mouth, but even though I play mainly Hohner SP20 or MB variants (and sometimes Manjis) I have not had a problem when I switch to Seydels. It was an easy adjustment for me, and their low SS harps are a relative bargain.
My Low F# harps are Hohner MB Deluxes, bought as they were being phased out, and a Low F# Big River I bought with Low Eb and Low E Big Rivers on clearance at a SPAH years ago. The Big Rivers initially played poorly, but they work better now on Zajac combs.
My MBD Low F#s are superior to the Big River in ease of playing.
Seydel SS Low F# should be fine for you. If I didn't already have several I would buy a Seydel SS Low F#. ----------
Seydel makes low harps in both Stainless steel reeds and brass reeds. I usually play Hohner brass reeds harps and found that I like the brass reed Seydel low harps better that stainless steel. A bonus is they are less expensive.
I have a Low F and a Low A from Seydel. The Low F is from the "1847 SILVER" series, and the Low A from the "1847 Noble LOW" series (both with stainless steel reeds). Both harps are really nice, especially the Low F has some great bending possibilities in the low end.
I would recommend the "1847 SILVER", because the "1847 Noble LOW" have a 20% thicker comb, which, as I think, is not so easy to deal with.
Comparing them to my Hohner Rocket in Low D, it is easier to control bends on a Seydel 1847 SILVER. The chords sound quite a bit better on the Hohner, but when you order at SEYDEL you can choose just intonation for 20$ more, if you like ;)
Thanks Cotton and Troni. This is all helpful. I ordered one Seydel with the steel reeds and I'll see if I like it. I'm more worried that the spacing may be a little different from the Hohners than I am about the reeds.
Unless I have a problem with the spacing, next time I need a new harp I'll try a different Seydel--maybe with the brass reeds.
I hope the Seydel you bought works for you - I was going to suggest ordering one with brass reeds as it will be much more like your Hohners. I bought some Seydels with SS reeds about 5 months ago, and they just don't work for me - I don't have the control over the bends I have with brass or bronze reeds. In short, some love them, some don't. You just have to try and see for yourself.
I realize everyone has preferences and some don't like them but Lee Oskar makes a wide variety of low, high, and minor tunings all for the same price. I play Lee Oskar and Hohner Rockets and have never had problems with either. I did have some problems with some Special 20s about 15 years ago and that made me switch to the Lee Oskars. I only started playing Hohners again when the Rockets came out.
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I haven't played a low tuned Seydel with steel reeds but I've played low tuned Seydels and played Seydel's with steel reeds.
Great harps, every one of them. The spacing is just a tiny bit different. I switch back and forth between Hohners, Seydels, Kongsheng, Suzuki and Lee Oskars regularly. When I was first starting out the very slight spacing difference would throw me for the first couple minutes when I switched. Now I don't even notice.
One tip though. If you have problems with the spacing make sure you play with both hands. I remember noticing that if I just held the harp in my left hand I had a harder time. I mean, I play with both hands on the harp 90% of the time anyway, but having the second hand on the harp when the holes are a little different sort of makes your brain think of how far you move on the harp in terms of percentage of the whole harp vs. a distance if you have it in just one hand, and it gives you a little more precision.
The Seydel Session Steel Low F# showed up a few days ago. After playing some music on it 3 times now, I can say that it's a great sounding harp. I haven't noticed it being harder to play or requiring more air than a Marine Band or Special 20. But maybe I'm just extra full of hot air.
Manji comes in low keys, but not F# (although they made one for a Mooncat). I tuned a SP20 down a half step for the one in my kit. I did a similar thing with an Easttop (Danny G's rebrand, called Caberet) in Low F to get a low Eb. It's nice to have high and low for certain keys (the ones on the end, high and low). I'm thinking of Orange Dude Blues . . .
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