The old forum had a topic called HARMONICA HAPPY that was just a place for people to show their collections and make casual comments and observations without starting a new topic for every little thing. I though it might be a good time to ressurect that thread.
I just took this photo which I THINK shows one version of each diationic model that I currently own. I say "think" because I've kinda' lost track . Now, I have a lot more harmonicas than you see here but that's because I own multiples of some models. for example, I own six Seydel Blues Session Steel harps in various keys. What we see here are the following:
Lee Oskar Major Diatonic
Hohner Golden Melody
Hohner 1896 Marine Band
Seydel Blues Session Steel
Hohner Special 20
Tombo Aero Reed
About two minutes after making the above post, I realized I forget to include a harp!
I have to amend the top photo to specify "10 hole" diatonics. I forgot to include my Seydel Big Six in the picture. I had previously posted a pic of this harp in my photo album but I'll repost it here.
You have a great collection of harmonicas. Out of curiosity, have they all been bought in a music store or online?
As for myself, I only have four harmonicas. The first was a gift, a Delta Blue, then I picked up a Special 20 in a local music store, A Marine Band at a big box music store, ( never again ) And last a Blues Band while passing through Jacksonville Florida at a Crackle Barrel.
I visit Wilson music's web site here and there. Maybe soon I will order something online. Maybe.
Most of them have been bought in person at Long & McQuade (for those outside of Canada, this is a large national chain of music stores here). L&M have a decent selection of Hohner, Suziki and Seydel harps.
Some have been bought online at musicianswebstore (a Canadian store in Hamiliton). I bought from musicianswebstore when they had sales. For example, They were selling the Suzuki Fire Breath harps for $54.99 which was an excellent price and these harps weren't available locally. Since you generally have to pay shipping from musicianswebstore, I keep an eye open for sales or occassional free-shipping offers. I also bought a Lee Oskar Low F from them since I couldn't find a Low F harp locally.
I bought a new Meisterklasse from a guitar player who bought it but then had buyer's remorse before opening it. Found him on Kijiji and he lived a couple blocks away so I walked over and picked it up.
The three Tombo Aero Reeds (center of the top photo) have been purchased directly from Japan. Tombo Aero Reeds aren't routinely imported into North America. I bought them through amazon stores. It's super convenient...just click on what you want and that's it. Amazon facilitates the deal and you pay with your amazon account. The Aero Reeds are a good deal on amazon.
In the future, I expect to do more business directly with Japan. As far as I'm concerned, Hohner's are basically out-of-the-question in Canada due to recent and crazy price increases. No more Hohners for me...unless sold at a big discount. Good Suzuki and Tombo deals can be found on amazon stores.
SWAPAN DEB wrote: .... It is not understood, why there is no dealer available in India for Lee Oskar. I have hard, it's one of the top line harmonicas.
Lee Oskar harmonicas are manufactured by Tombo of Japan. The Lee Oskar Major Diatonic is a version of the Tombo "MAJOR BOY" harmonica. There is some difference of opinion about whether it is a relabelled MAJOR BOY or if there or any other changes. And the Minor Diatonic is a version of the Tombo "MINOR BOY". But if you can't find a Lee Oskar, look for a Tombo dealer.
I don't know what the rules are in India but, here in Canada, it's very easy to buy Tombo harmonicas directly from Japan so you might want to check online sources.