I have just started learning to play and my first Harp was a Seydel blues session and it has a decent sound and feel, I wanted to try a couple other ones that I had heard about and next bought a Hohner Big River, I have fallen in love with the feel and sound of it. I think it might be "my Harp of choice". I know that a lot of people have bad things to say about them, and I was curious if anyone else played them and what they think of them, and what you do play and what made you decide to play that Harp.
A lot of folks like the Big River. I have owned a couple in the past and didn't really care for them. I did have one that had some work done to it that played really nice. Harmonica choice is a matter of personal opinion. What one likes another may not. What's important is that you like it and don't pay attention to someone that wants to put down your choice of harmonica.
I started out on a Hohner Special20, but gravitated pretty quickly to a Hohner Marine Band 1896. It just feels more comfortable, despite a range of issues re maintenance.
I have a whole heap of other harps - Suzuki Manji's Seydel 1847s and Orchestras, but I keep going back to the Marine Bands. I occassionaly have splashed out on the more expensive ones - the Marine Band Deluxe is my current favourite, but I also have a few Crossovers, which are good.
If you like the harp, that's all you need to worry about.
I recently upgraded my harps to the hohner Rocket. I wanted to mention that the hole spacing is not all the same from one harp style to the other..
I see that mentioned on another topic thread here with the chromatics I think it is.
It's subtle but you might want to keep that in the back of your mind as you try different harps and what not.
I find that the Rocket and Lee Oskars have the same spacing
a tiny bit different than the marine bands for example.
it took awhile when I would wonder how come I would get my note right on the money , but then miss with a different harp.
Lot's of good harps out there..good luck ...have fun.