I'm 69 for a few more weeks.
Nice to see you here. This is a great place to be and many wonderful, helpful and enthusiastic people. Keep us informed on your playing and progress.
Where are you? I am in Colorado. Planning on attending SPAH in Tulsa?
Briefly, the Tombo is GREAT! Different width between holes that will take some practice getting used to. LOUD. Piano hole set-up. Just about as
heavy as a double bass. Decent case. It cost 10X what I paid for the EastTop equivalent but sounds better.
Now if I just learn how to play it like I hope too.
I have always loved harmonica music since I was a kid. I traded a trombone for a Hohner 64 Chromonica and a Chrometta 8. Also got a song book and learned one song bud played badly. Didn't know what I was doing. Lost interest.
After my wife passed in 2010 (we were married 44 years) I found Mile High Harmonica Club in a suburban newspaper ad. Thought I'd just go to get out of the house and listen to the music. That was in early 2011. Didn't want to play but as usual got involved in the clubs' activities. After I got elected president
I figured that I couldn't be in that position if I didn't play. I have COPD and fortunately it is a mild case. Still, blowing and drawing wore me out.
The club kept losing bass players and I knew they were blow only so bought a Tombo pocket bass as a trial instrument to see if I could play it and if I liked
it. I have 7 basses now and still have the Hohner that I'll never play. 2 pocket basses, 3 double basses with one being an extended and 2 single reed which
includes my new Tombo Contra Bass. I also own a Seydel-Schaman chord that was made to help people with COPD and other breathing issues. The Seydel has 8 chords and I practice with it sometimes.
The new Tombo is wonderful! Holes are further apart than any other bass that I have so when you miss the hole a little you get less from adjacent holes
and sometimes are still on target enough to not miss the note. It plays LOUD. Regular practice will cure that in a while.
I believe that the objective for a bass player should be to set the rhythm and a solid bass line for the other instruments. Always trying to not be boring and
putting in little riffs of bass here and there. It is the little riffs that are eluding me. Learning to read music again is coming more slowly than I want.
Playing the lead is not an object for me like some other players. Although that is fun too. I want to make everyone that plays with me sound better because I am there. Give the songs some depth.
So, I just play bass and a little chord. Basses are chromatic. There is a mouthpiece that connects the double basses together and has a slide like a regular
chromatic. I can't afford it at my skill level. I think that is around $500 or so.
Reed, my "64" is an early 80's model.
Got home this evening to an e-mail from Tombo and they shipped my new bass Friday the 19th. Should be here in a week!
Really nice Sarge. I enjoy all your songs.
Does the west start before Dodge City? It seems to end at Tombstone. I'm in Colorado.
I am really surprised you hadn't hear Cool Water. Popularized by the Sons of the Pioneers along with Tumbling Tumbleweeds and many other
western songs. Maybe you are just too far east.
I did a wire transfer, $45, and shipping, about $45. Total $552. Still waiting on the CITES approval because of the Rosewood used in the instrument. I expect them to ship next week. I am almost more anxious to get the catalog.
It will be my pleasure to meet you. Just let me know which day.
Since this is about playing I suppose it is ok to post here. Who among you are going to SPAH in Tulsa? I would like to meet you if you are going.
We will arrive on the 14th, check in and do some sight seeing tourist style. I have been a Will Rogers fan since I first saw the movie about him starring Will Jr.
I even did a history paper on him lo those many years ago. Got to stand in front of the class and tell jokes for 20 minutes. Fun.
The museum is in Claremore and looks about a 35 minute drive so no big deal. There is also an airplane museum so I plan to do that. My wife will stay
at the hotel as she can't take the heat.
This year I promise not to eat my self into 15 more pounds, I still haven't lost them all back.
Amazon does not offer any orchestral and if my memory has not gone to hell in 12 hours I didn't see any chromatics either. There may however be a
light at the end of the tunnel as Tombo is sending me their catalog. The way it sounds I may be the only person in N America to have one. HA
I'm sad that they still have not shipped but I can only play one harmonica at a time anyway. May get it by June.
There are some more factory videos on-line now. I hadn't checked in over a year. I can see I might be able to try some myself.
I am taking your offer, John, under consideration.
After some time I have finally purchased a Tombo Contra Bass. Since they only sell directly to N & S America communication with Japan goes slowly and since
the Contra has Rosewood it has to clear some environmental issues for import. All seems done now, paid and awaiting shipment. Cost is $510 with about 10% going to shipping. That is 49,000 yen,their catalog price. I am asking for their catalog and I'm sure it is not in English.
Tombo must have an agreement with Lee Oskar regarding the N & S American markets. They should sell through a distributor here on instruments that do not compete with Lee Oskar. Sure would increase their bottom line I imagine.
I am looking for a source to get Suzuki brackets for their microphone to attach to a Hohner 48 chord. We can't seem to get Suzuki to answer us. Any thoughts?
Anyone custom make these?
There is a Tombo representative in the UK. See the Tombo site for info on them. I'll bet they have the mini bass.
Are you going to SPAH this year? I will be there. The SDB39 does have a case, how about $400. That is way less than half of what I paid. I will try to find the
Coker book by asking around the club next month. I am president of Mile High Harmonica Club in Denver. We have 4 other bass players and one I have already tapped his library. I can take either check or credit card.
Did you get yourself a bass harmonica? Surely in a year you have made the decision. Which bass did you buy? If not, why not? The Tombo pocket bass is
an inexpensive way to get involved to see if you like bass or not. About $110 on E-Bay, don't pay more as there are many priced from $105 to $155. A little searching will pay dividends.
Now John. Are you self-taught? Do you prefer the double bass or a single reed? I find that the dbl basses require amplification for best sound in a group.
But the doubles sound better to me. I have never really played the SDB39 that I first bought after the Tombo mini. Maybe 15 times, it is too heavy and the
microphone is expensive. In fact I am trying to sell it. I will lose quite a bit of money but I am not going to play it so I'm just going to suck it up and get
the best I can for it.
I have the Easttop mini. The plastic is cheap and slick. I prefer the Tombo but some songs need the B flat, besides, I paid very little for it. Both mini's sound good and after some study I finally discovered why the hole arrangement.
The mini's sound best in our quartet and without amplification they can still be heard effectively when we play. Oh, if only I didn't make so many mistakes.
I have the Simpson's book and one of the Barthiaume books. I'd have to find it however to know which volume but I believe it is the 1st. I am still struggling to read music again because I haven't put in the effort needed. It is coming along a little lately though.
I like to ad lib when I play but would like to learn how to do it better so that the audience doesn't get sick of 1/5 all the time. It will be fun to learn a few riffs
to add to the interest of the music without trying to be the lead. Just setting a good bass line for now and a smidgeon of 1/3/5 or 5/3/1 thrown in for good measure.
About 2 weeks and I should have the Contra bass. I am a little excited to get it.
Hard to believe it has been over a year since the bass harmonica discussion. I have added 2 Easttop bass harmonicas to the lineup. I have the single reed
piano style and the mini bass with the B-flat. Tomorrow I am ordering a Tombo Contra Bass single reed. I am expecting that this will be my final bass purchase unless someone comes out with something new and exciting in bass.
I play in a quartet now, one very experienced lead player and 3 learners of different abilities. The learners play melody, chords and then my bass. It's a lot of fun. We are trying to find a name for our quartet. Any clever ideas? Emphasis clever.
I marvel at everyone's whining on how much a harmonica costs. I have invested $2450 in a little over 2 years for 7 bass harmonicas and one Seydel-
Schaman chord harmonica. I won a set A,C,D,and G Easttops T005's at SPAH last year that are still unwrapped.
I am still searching for more bass harmonica sites or people to help me learn faster.
See "Buy and Sell"
I have a new, never played paddle wheel harmonica (6) in these keys. A, A#, C, D, G, F.m This retails for around $230, asking $125 and I'll pay shipping.
Comes with nice case. Reply here