Metal Harmonica

What should i know about the harmonica?

So I'm thinking of buying a harmonica over the summer. So far i know that there are wood harmonicas and metal harmonicas. But I'm sure there's more i need to know, so please tell me:
What should i know about buying a harmonica for the first time, and which is better wood or metal?

The shape of the harmonica controls the sound quality, not the material. Lots of controversy there in the harmonica community, but that is the correct answer. Plastic combed harps are easy to maintiain. Wood performs better because it distributes the heat better, and therefore the water vapor. Metal combs are the worst in that respect. They are also expensive. If you want to learn how to play the harmonica:

http://www.harptabs.com/

http://www.angelfire.com/tx/myquill/Harmonica.html

http://coast2coastmusic.com/general/learn.shtml

http://www.volcano.net/~jackmearl/

OK, in order of value, go to harptabs and fish around. Plenty of links to information to be found. Then work your way down the list.

If you get a big harmonica with a button, the HarpOn website will get you going. http://www.angelfire.com/music/HarpOn/index.html

If you want to pay an expert to answer your specific questions, go to http://www.harmonicalessons.com
It is owned by Dave Gage. He's only going to charge you about $35 a year.
Dave’s forums are the best in the industry.

If you want to search a database of experts in discussion, go to

http://harp-l.com/mailman/listinfo/harp-l

You can also look at some of the other answers I have given on my profile.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgaGSb0obf9aIm407Aq.MGbty6IX?qid=20070601100227AAesLX4&show=7#profile-info-25a95d3313788c8a98d54a69da01d6fdaa

Some rational places to purchase a harmonica:

http://www.coast2coastmusic.com/

Coast2Coast customers rate the harmonicas exactly like amazon.com rates it’s books.

http://www.harpdepot.com/default.cfm

http://www.harphouse.com/shop/

You won’t be allowed to blow into a harmonica at a music store, and the warranty work is done mail order. So you might as well buy one on the internet. Most experts recommend a Lee Oskar major tuned harmonica in C, or a Hohner Special 20 in C for a beginner. You can branch out from there after you get going.

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