64 Chromonica

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First Chromatic Harmonica?

Hi I have been playing the diatonic for around 10 years now, and I want to start learning to play the chromatic. There are so many different ones out there and I need some advice on a first harmonica. My preferred make of harmonica is Hohner but I'm not fussy.
Thanks in advance :)

If you can part with the money, you won't go wrong with a Hohner 270 Super Chromonica. It's the leading go-to harp for many professional chromatic players and is the mold from which many other companies copy. It's roughly $175. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/hohner-270-super-chromonica-chromatic-harmonica

The model 280 64 Chromonica will give you a full octave under the 270 and has a really nice sound. The rounded holes are easier for some folks to isolate pitches on. The 280 is a sturdy and heavy instrument that feels good in the hands and is very air tight. It's also higher priced than a 270 at about $250. The Super 64 is a 280 that's been hyper-tweaked to seal tighter and respond faster. It's a fantastic harmonica but is almost $300. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/hohner-7582-64-super-64-chromonica-chromatic-harmonica

If you can't go up into that sort of price range then the Hohner Chrometta line isn't too bad. They're more than fine enough to learn on. Their big difference is the plastic combs and vintage body shape. They don't have the same tone as a Chromonica and their slide isn't as quick.

Chrometta 8 - $88, Chrometta 10 - $109, Chrometta 12 - $123; the 12 will be closer to full range of a Chromonica but reality is most people don't play up in the top four holes anyway so you don't lose a lot starting with a Chrometta 8 or even a Chromonica 260 (10-hole).

At the bottom of decent Hohner chromatics is the Educator 10. It's a 10-hole chromatic in the style of the Chromonica but is valveless and not nearly as tight as the fancier cousin. As an entry-level student chromatic it does the job. You'd not want to head to Nashville with one though. The price makes it a decent experiment in chromatic for folks who aren't sure about the switch from diatonic and want to give it a try before investing in something more substantial. It's under $45. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/hohner-educator-10-chromatic-harmonica

One other to consider from Hohner is the Marine Band 364s Soloist. It's not a chromatic. It's a 12-hole diatonic but the scale is the same as a chromatic without the sharping level. This lets you learn the playing pattern of the chromatic's scale but doesn't give the full chromatic range. The real advantage is in tune playing - it has the full scale down under 4. Just about the cost of a Marine Band - $47.99 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/hohner-marine-band-364-soloist-diatonic-harmonica

And, for those who don't want to learn the full scale switch of the chromatics and like the Richter tuned scale of a 10-hole diatonic, but want the sharping lever of a chromatic to add more notes to the playing, Hohner makes the 980/40 Koch Chromatic. It's just about a Chromonica 260 but the scale is the same as a Marine Band (Richter) with the addition of a sharping lever. Slide out it's just like a 10-hole diatonic, slide in raises the pitch a half step. Sort of an in-between the diatonic and chromatic harmonica. $124 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/hohner-980-40-koch-chromatic-harmonica

My personal preferences: I learned chromatic on a 270 and am biased to it but when I pick up a chromatic to play it's my Super64 - it just has a bigger tone that I like. They play essentially the same. If I only need the full scale tuning but not the sharping lever (such as for tune playing) then I pick up the Marine Band 364s.

I don't care for the plastic comb sound and feel of the Chrometta (but I also don't like the plastic in a Special 20 or LO) and I particularly don't like the airiness of the Educator10 (but I've been spoiled by a Super64). I have no use for the Koch type at all but I'm also not a blues wailer - I play melodies and tunes. I can't speak to any other maker's chromatics - I've never owned a chromatic made by any other company.

Bottom line: If you're sure you're into it - Chromonica 270. If you have the extra money go on up to one of the 280 64 Chromonicas - they're top drawer. If you're not sure and just want to experiment around some, Hohner Educator 10. It's fine for learning on but won't have the lasting power or tone quality of a Chromonica. If it ends up in a drawer somwehere you're only out $50.

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