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Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« on: April 04, 2017, 01:04:03 AM »
They sound very nice . They are airtight . Have a very smooth mouthpiece . The weight feels awesome . Are beautiful to look at . And come in a cool leather box . What's not to like .

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 10:33:00 AM »
They sound very nice . They are airtight . Have a very smooth mouthpiece . The weight feels awesome . Are beautiful to look at . And come in a cool leather box . What's not to like .

The price?

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2017, 12:00:36 PM »
Looking at photos of it http://www.playhohner.com/index.php?id=25225 the holes look square rather than round. They also look like they are spaced closer together than other chromatics. The hole shape and spacing seems to resemble a diatonic. Am I right on this?

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 12:19:40 PM »
Looking at photos of it http://www.playhohner.com/index.php?id=25225 the holes look square rather than round. They also look like they are spaced closer together than other chromatics. The hole shape and spacing seems to resemble a diatonic. Am I right on this?

Nope, the hole spacing is the same as all other Hohner chromatics.  Most diatonics have only two reeds per hole (one blow and one draw) and each reedplate has either all blow or all draw.  Chromatics have both a blow and a draw reed side by side on the reedplate and this requires a wider spacing than a diatonic (non tremolo and non Auto Valve).  So a chromatic has four reeds per hole and the slide flips you between upper and lower reedplates.

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 01:30:20 PM »
Agreed....... they surely....... "Are beautiful to look at"
Pleasure to play
picked mine up short while back
      now picking it up first each time.
Extra bottom comes in nice too!
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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 06:37:15 PM »


The price?

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[/quote] German engineering is expensive . I got mine cheap . Cos I'm a bit of a second hand junkie . So worked out cheaper than a saxony . Thanks rich dude who couldn't play harp .

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2017, 06:40:16 PM »
Looking at photos of it http://www.playhohner.com/index.php?id=25225 the holes look square rather than round. They also look like they are spaced closer together than other chromatics. The hole shape and spacing seems to resemble a diatonic. Am I right on this?

Nope. The holes are rounded squares which I like .

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2017, 06:24:02 PM »
Looks like Not so many fans for the mk

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 09:57:51 PM »
Think it's not so many owners.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 10:06:35 PM »
I bet if someone gave me one that I would be a fan.  :)

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2017, 01:22:32 PM »
As I already had a Saxony I hesitated about buying the meisterklasse but after asking advice on the forum where the only downside seemed  to be the price, I went ahead and bought one and I'm delighted that I did - it's a really lovely instrument. And I bought it before the price went up for £460 ($575) and I see they now cost £605 ($756)

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2017, 04:15:09 PM »
Yeah, I'm sure, like anything,  price is the main issue. (especially cheap-skates like us  ::) )
Mine is actually a pre-flood model. I hear about how cool the new ones are, I wish I had one of those but in all honesty, I feel fortunate to have gotten the one I have for 200 bucks.

I've never even paid a hundred dollars for a harmonica, so 200 bucks was a real leap of faith for me. I was blown away with the beauty of the thing when a friend handed it to me at a convention. As I recall, he said he just got it, but couldn't get used to the fact that it only had 14 holes (he was a die-hard sixteen hole guy)  He told me to go ahead and try it, which I did. Ten seconds later, I was a dead man! I wrote him a check on the spot, even though I didn't have the money in my account. He said he'd hold the check for a week or so.

Yeah, play one and you'll probably wet your pants, and go looking for the money. ;D
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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2017, 06:24:54 PM »
I love mine, and they are definitely worth the asking price.

I got a deal on mine as well.

If I was in a choose only one situation of production model harmonicas, it would be a toss up between the the CBH 2016, and the Meisterklasse.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2017, 07:27:38 PM »
I had a Meisterklasse chromatic harmonica.  Lots of high quality there.  The slide was very , very good    right out of the box.  Short throw slide made playing easy.  The price is astronomical. I have not looked at the "street price" of a new one, but that's going to be high too.     

There isn't one harmonica that has all the best features in one harmonica.   That's life.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2017, 11:43:02 PM »
AngelDeVille:
Never owned or played a Meisterklasse, but one would have a hard time taking my 2016's away from me.........
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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2017, 02:07:05 PM »
Count me in as fan....from afar.  I've never even seen a Meisterklasse "for real," but that doesn't keep me from wanting one ;)
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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2017, 04:31:10 PM »
Count me in as fan....from afar.  I've never even seen a Meisterklasse "for real," but that doesn't keep me from wanting one ;)

Yeah, ain't it the truth? ;D  I've seen a few too, and want'em "just because".   ;D

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2017, 04:40:31 PM »
.....

Yeah, play one and you'll probably wet your pants, and go looking for the money. ;D
HAH! So funny.

Thanks for the warning.
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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2017, 05:47:03 PM »
I gave up my old MK which had tarnished covers, but plays very well,  for another MK that looked better but plays a little harder on the upper octave, like it needs more effort to produce the notes.   Perhaps this one needs some gap adjustment which I haven't started doing yet.

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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2017, 05:51:27 PM »
I bought mine back when they were around $500.  I've used it as my main performing instrument for years.  Lately I've been using Suzuki sirius 64,  but I still love the MK which is straight tuned, so it's a little easier to play fast tunes on relative to the cross tuned s64c..  The MK has the best/most comfortable mouthpiece ever made and the fit and finish is better than anything else out there. And it's relatively easy to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning.  Just a great instrument.  Simple, well engineered, sounds great, parts available, usually great out of the box.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2017, 06:31:54 PM »
Still looking for an acrylic comb for mine. Had one on order, but the Desert Fox passed away before he ever got to it. :(

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2017, 09:18:28 PM »
I got my MK at one of John Halls's auctions at a Buckeye Harmonica Festival in 1991.  John often auctioned 2 instruments together and he had the MK paired with a Hohner Slide Harp.  I got the 2 of them for  $230.00.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2017, 12:55:43 AM »
vcleynes,
    You wrote that your old MK had "tarnished covers". I thought MK is chrome plated. Chrome is pretty hard and durable. Did just your skin chemicals eat through the plating?

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2017, 02:16:46 AM »
vcleynes,
    You wrote that your old MK had "tarnished covers". I thought MK is chrome plated. Chrome is pretty hard and durable. Did just your skin chemicals eat through the plating?

My skin chemicals would eat right through the chrome then start eating the brass! I've subsequently had the cover plates and mouthpiece silver plated and never had a problem.
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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2017, 11:23:28 AM »
To: Ed and Lone Harper,

Here's the picture....

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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2017, 07:23:20 PM »
I'm a fan of the Meisterklasse as well. Great mouthpiece, straight tuned, fast slider. It cuts through in a beautiful, clear way when played together with other instruments.

The lowest four holes do not play perfectly on mine - but it's second hand. I still could not find out what the problem is. Anyway, I'm glad I got it - although it's not perfect yet, but I am a bit tired of struggling with many of the old harmonicas and this one plays a lot easier (well my CX12 is pretty cool too but mine has to be retuned - and the mouthpiece of the Meisterklasse is really fun to play).

A.J. why would you prefer an acrylic comb?

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« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2017, 10:25:46 PM »
A.J. why would you prefer an acrylic comb?

They seal up much better. Bill Romel told he never had  a customer tell him they'd ever go back to a stock comb afterwards.

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2017, 10:31:49 PM »
A.J. why would you prefer an acrylic comb?

They seal up much better. Bill Romel told he never had  a customer tell him they'd ever go back to a stock comb afterwards.

That's why I'm torn between the aluminum and acrylic models of the Seydel 16 holer. I like the idea of the metal comb, but I just have a feeling that the acrylic comb may be more airtight. Now if only we can get them to give a clear, as opposed to green, acrylic option!
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« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2017, 05:26:04 AM »
A.J. why would you prefer an acrylic comb?

They seal up much better. Bill Romel told he never had  a customer tell him they'd ever go back to a stock comb afterwards.

I'm lucky enough to have a Romel 280, a MK would be a dream...

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Re: Hohner Meisterklasse fan club
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2017, 05:55:57 AM »
A.J. why would you prefer an acrylic comb?

They seal up much better. Bill Romel told he never had  a customer tell him they'd ever go back to a stock comb afterwards.

That might have been a result of better flatness and not of materials. MKs have gone through perhaps two generations of improvements since Bill's day.
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