Hohner Big

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Suggestions for a good beginner's harmonica?

I've been looking at harmonicas and want one to play stuff like blues/rock/jazz etc, + the two that seem to be recommended quite a lot are the Hohner Blues Harp (in key of C) and the Hohner Marine Band Special 20 Diatonic Harmonica- are these good? What do you recommend? c:

The Hohner Marine Band is the top selling harmonica in the world of all time - there's a reason for that, it's a really good harmonica. It's been used by more professionals than any other.

What you're looking at are from two different lines of Hohner Harmonicas. The Special 20 is a Marine Band series harmonica that has a plastic comb. The Blues Harp is an MS series harmonica with a sealed wooden comb. They are, essentially, the same though and very good harps. The real difference is that the Blues Harp was produced to compete with the Lee Oskar and provide for easy player modifications and repairs. The Special 20 was developed to stay in tradition with the Marine Band but with a plastic comb and isn't as easy to self modify. I've met few beginners who start out wanting to modify their harps so it just doesn't matter. Some people feel like the Blues Harp bends easier - I don't find that to be an issue with mine. [my personal 10-hole preference is the wooden combed Marine Band 1896]

The plastic comb was developed to take care of a problem wooden combs (such as the Marine Band 1896) have. Wooden combs swell when they get wet and beginners tend to play wet. Some people don't like the look and feel of the plastic though and prefer wood. Some for sound quality, some for tradition. Sealed wood (Blues Harp) is a compromise between wood and plastic. Most beginners can't tell a difference in sound but will be able to tell a difference in feel. It's really a matter of personal preferences. Some players (especially those with facial hair) also like the Golden Melody because of the curved face and equal temperament tuning. It's best for folk and gospel tune-playing though, not so much for crossharp blues-style playing.

I generally recommend any of those three (Blues Harp, Special 20, Marine Band 1896), Lee Oskar Major Diatonic, Suzuki BluesMaster as being just about equal in quality and price. The decision is a matter of personal preference and availability. If you absolutely must go cheaper then the Hohner Big River (part of the MS series) and Suzuki FolkMaster is a good choice. Any cheaper than those and frustrations mount.

C is recommended because it's a very common key, most tutorials are done for C harp, and it's easier to discuss the music theory in C (no sharps or flats). Any key will do fine though. It comes down to whether you're playing with anyone else (such as a tutorial or instructor) who is in another key. Otherwise they (10-hole diatonics) all work the same.

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