I know there are a lot of chromatic harp players on this forum. I want to buy a 16 hole chromatic, I am transposing some saxaphone music to harmonica and need a lower octave than what I can get on my 12 hole Hohner 270. Also, tongue blocking on the Hohner irratates my upper lip.
So, I am asking, what 16 hole chromatic would you recommend? I am sure many of you have your favorites and I am hoping to get different ideas from many of you.
I'm not an employee, distributor, or seller of any harmonica
All tenor, 14-hole chromatics and 16-hole chromatics are sold only in C.
Is your saxophone music's range more than 3 octaves?
If yes, a 3.5 octave range slide chromatic will probably cover
the range of the tunes. Hohner Meisterklasse, Chrometta 14;
Suzuki SCX-56; Hering Stan Harper and Ronald da Gaita models,
and possibly other brands are available.
If the music's range is not more than 3 octaves, have you tried the manufacturers'
tenor range harmonicas:3-octaves range, from C3 to C7? The models include the
Hohner #270 tenor; CX-12 tenor; Hering Baritono; Seydel Chromatic Deluxe; and
The range of all 8 types of saxophones is about 3.5 octaves each. So, the 4-octave
slide chromatic may be the best solution. Some music keys exceed the range
boundaries of the tenor harmonicas and the 3.5 octave (56 reeds) harmonicas.
I have only Hohner brand 4-octave (16 mouthpiece holes) chromatics, so I can't
compare brands. My 16-holers include the 64 Chromonica; Super 64; 64X;
a customized Chromonika III; and a Professional 2016. Of these models,
the 64 Chromonica and 64X are the most often used.
Thanks a lot for the information on chromatics. The sax music I am transposing does only cover 3 octaves so the 14 hole chromatic would do the trick, but, while searching around, I discovered a 13 hole diatonic called the, "Lucky 13", made by Easttop on Rockin' Ron's website. This harmonica tags a lower octave onto a standard diatonic, adding 3 more holes, providing a 3rd octave which is just what I need.
Be careful, the Lucky 13 has two incomplete octaves in those first six holes, it is a diatonic with an extra three at the bottom end. If that suits what you want, then go ahead, just thought I'd warn you.