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422 posts
Aug 14, 2023
1:36 PM
I'm curious if anybody is playing using these harps.
These are the ones that have a metal "grill" over the face of the comb.
I have three and never thought they were any good for bending or blues etc.
I used one the other day to play an old blues tune 'Trouble in Mind" and much to my surprise it worked fine. Any others familiar with them ?
I assume they don't make them any more.

Last Edited by Spderyak on Aug 14, 2023 1:47 PM
816 posts
Aug 17, 2023
12:14 PM
Hey Spderyak,

My first harmonica ever was a Hohner Orchester in E. I still have it and it plays pretty well. I always thought it was kind of cool.

They definitely don't make them anymore!
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427 posts
Sep 10, 2023
1:15 PM
I've been increasingly playing them these days.
They have a nice sound to them.
It seems richer and fuller though I don't know why.
It's also nice to play a harp that hasn't been played for 40 or 50 years or more.
I don't worry too much if I'm devaluing them by playing them. I figure many were made though years ago.
5 posts
Sep 15, 2023
1:30 PM
I see them cheap on Ebay
Even pre-war models
How are they tuned ?
428 posts
Sep 17, 2023
4:07 AM
I'm not sure. I see some info on the forum here from 2009 or so. It's not my strong point but I see one reference of them being tuned to 'just' intonation.
I also see mentioned that the Reed plates are the same as the old Marine harps, so I am guessing they are 440 tuned.

I am careful as I can be when buying them on eBay but I have had good luck. Most all the listing have very detailed photos to help decide.
I like them also because they are what I think of as a soft start when hitting a note which for me gives a smooth flow to the sound.
I know it's pretty subjective, others may say they are not as responsive. Depending on a song helps me decide what type of harp I reach for.
Pat Missin is known to have a huge amount of info on his website in case you are looking for a source of info about harps.
Good luck with all.

Last Edited by Spderyak on Sep 17, 2023 4:11 AM
6 posts
Sep 17, 2023
7:47 AM
They look like a cool addition to the repetoire
I have been trying tremolo harps and they are fun and people love the different sound

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