Plus, Minus, Interesting: Good harp
July 16, 2013
I have one in the key of E,
Comparing it to the Hohner Marine Band & Big River, Lee Oskar that I have in C,G,D,A
The black plate finish with gold trim and a plastic comb,
it is fairly easy to play, doesn't carry the "breathy" flow of the Big River for heavy honking.
The black finish is stylistically great and when playing a lot the taste isn't metalic and it won't glue to your lips like the chrome models. Plastic comb means no woody taste. A little less expensive than some others but the price differents shouldn't be the sway..
Of the Hohner harps this is the most livable. I still give Lee Oskar a higher preference for performance and features but there are just times when I love the look and feel of this. It is my favourite Hohner model.
To each their own and if serious I would say collect a few different harps in different keys to find which one suits and then complete your set based on what you like best. Harps do wear out.
Pros:Looks, feel, taste (or lack thereof.)
Cons:Can't easily see the key or orientation markings in the dark, doesn't have the easy breathing volume of the Hohner Marine Band or Lee Oskar