I picked up this Pure Harp for about $27.00US!
It's in the key of F# which is, obviously, pretty dang high but I couldn't pass on the deal (and I could swap reed plates if it was too high). The rosewood seems to substantially mellow the tone because it doesn't seem shrill at all. I honestly wondered if it had been mislabeled because it has the easy, smooth tone of a lower key. I double checked it with a chromatic tuner and it is, indeed, an F#...but a very refined F#.
I'm currently practicing "I Remember You" as my "I" song in the alphabet challenge.
If I can steal some time to record it, I will use my SWAN 1248 for the recording.
For some reason, I've recently become popular and my recording time is minimal...I was out with the boys last night and now that I've hooked up with my old girlfriend, she insists on filling up the rest of my free time.
I'm a little surprised I haven't seen a recommendation here for the Swan 1248. It's become the real workhorse of entry level chromatics and most people like them.
While the SWAN 1040 is certainly cheaper, the Swan 1248, as a valved 12 hole hole, is much more in line with standard chromatic harp configuration.
I practice almost daily with a Swan 1248. They can found on eBay for about $40.00US (give or take) from Hong Kong/China. I got mine from China via eBay in early 2014 and I've never had a problem with it. For that price, it's not much of a risk (although it took a long time get here).
Since we're on the topic of Michael Rennie ( ), here's quick tale.
I recently ordered the Blu-ray disc of CYBORG 2087, which is a low budget sci-fi movie from 1967. It starred Michael Rennie who was likely suffering a career downturn because the movie was beneath his talent. I reviewed it on my Facebook page last month and said that it was saved by a good cast and, of course, I praised Rennie.
A few days later, my post got a "like" which was odd because almost nobody reads my Facebook page. So I clicked to see who liked my post about Cyborg 2087 and Michael Rennie, The person who liked my post was Tina Rennie. I have no idea who TIna Rennie is but I have to assume she's related to Michael Rennie (unless some random girl coincidentally named "Rennie" shares my affection for Cyborg 2087).
Orson Welles was Harry Lime in THE THIRD MAN movie.
Michael Rennie was Harry Lime in THE THIRD MAN TV show!
I think the idea of returning the Fabulous harmonica is certifiably ridiculous.
Sure, it's a fancy harp for a beginner but so what. One joy of harmonicas is that we can buy fancy instruments without going into the poorhouse. The idea that a newbie should use a cheap harp is wrong and mildly insulting. Nothing wrong with a cheap harp but kudos to a guy who wants to put his money where his lips are.
If there does turn out to be an issue with the 1 hole, it is almost certainly fixable with a little experience...which menganito will eventually have..
Of course you want an expensive harp to be perfect out of the box but sometimes they aren't. As I mentioned earlier, the FIRST harp that I ever had to gap was a Fabulous...my first Fabulous. It is now my absolute BEST sounding diatonic. I love it. Learning to deal with issues is part of the process. Fancy harps are like fancy cars: a person is well-advised to learn how to deal with the minor service themselves rather than returning to the dealer for such things.
For now, I'd try to live with the issue you have with the 1 hole. It may simply be a gapping issue. The Fabulous is an expensive harmonica but, ironically, the Fabulous was the first harp I had to gap (to gap means to adjust the height of the reed). Since you are new, you'll want to avoid poking around inside an expensive harp until you've played something else and you can develop a sense of how it should sound.
For general melody playing, you can usually do fine without worrying about the 1 hole. Although commonly used in chords, the 1 hole isn't needed for MANY melodies so don't jump into a quick fix just yet. Since you have other harps coming, wait until you get another one so that you can hear it.
While I am no authority of music theory (boy, is that an UNDERSTATEMENT), I think that much of the slightly odd arrangement of notes on the harp is done to accommodate chords (smarter people should feel to jump in here). That's why you get the seemingly illogical phenomena of repeated notes and reversal of blow and draw characteristics. Our brains want to see a consistently logical progression of notes but chord playing requires a less obvious note arrangement.
My "morning" harmonica routine is the same as always. I'm practicing an "I" song and I'm practicing a song of the month.
After that, my day goes to hell and I can't get a damn thing recorded and I'm posting very little (although I read the forum several times a day, everyday).
It's not really a bad thing...I've hooked up with my old girlfriend from the early 1980s and that's a good thing. Unfortunately, she's demanding about 4 hours of my time every damn day. I'm hoping she starts to get a bit bored of seeing me so I can record and post the songs I've prepared .
I noticed Andy T seemed to disappear immediately after we jokingly criticized a singer in a video he linked to. I sure hope that wasn't the trigger...we were just kidding Andy!
I've been practicing a workable chromatic version of On the Sunny Side of the Street but I regret that I may not get it recorded in time to post it as an October song.
I've spent several days carving this years pumpkin crop (I grow my own for Halloween). In a few minutes I have to repair some of my mother's Halloween decorations and tonight I have to man the door for the trick-or-treaters.
I WILL record and POST the song...but it may show up later in the "On the Button" thread.
And I don't know how to play it!
Same story: Expensive harp at a crazy discount. How about a Suzuki SSCH-56 Chord 56 for $135.00US.
There is no question that Suzuki makes the most beautiful harps of any major maker. I was a bit surprised by the appearance of the harp. Based on pictures on the net and the Suzuki brochure, I expected the covers would have a slightly matte finish and be more of a "wheat" shade. The Suzuki Sirius has matte covers. In fact, the covers on the Chord 56 are a mirror polished, warm smokey grey. Happily, this is literally the BEST finish that I have EVER seen on a harp. Even the best harps often display some swirl marks or microscopic scratches. The finish on the Chord 56 is as fine as an optical mirror...nobody dropped this at the factory .
Having more than a little experience with Suzukis, I check to make sure this harp came with standard new Suzuki packaging. As it should, it included the two pieces of anti-corrosion paper sealed with the harp in plastic to protect the silver plated mouthpiece from tarnish.
Honestly Keith, nobody is concerned about anything that may have been accidentally deleted. Don't worry about. It's not worth getting yourself upset.
This is a harmonica website...it's supposed to be light and fun. So some links and a few comments got deleted... big deal . It's nothing that can't be reposted if people are so inclined. Seriously, I never even noticed a thread was missing until you apologized for it!
Just let it slide.
We aren't bothered.
You shouldn't be bothered either.
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